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Mary A. Spofford
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Mary A. ("Addie") Spofford (1845-?) was an early student of Mary Baker Eddy's, studying with her in Lynn in 1870. She was the first wife of Daniel H. Spofford (1842-1924), also an early student of Eddy's. After studying with Eddy, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where she set up a healing practice and advertised as a "Scientific Physician." Correspondence with Mary Baker Eddy and testimonies of healing published in the Knoxville Daily Chronicle suggest that she ran a successful practice. Mary A. Spofford's interest in Eddy's teachings seems to have waned not long after this. By July 1875, she was also no longer living with her husband. In 1876, Daniel H. Spofford sued his wife unsuccessfully for divorce. Mary A. Spofford received a divorce from him on the grounds of abandonment in 1880. After this, her whereabouts are unknown.