Fiske, Fidelia(1816–64) Protestant missionary; born in Shelburne, Mass. The daughter of a farmer, she developed religious interests as a child and volunteered for mission service after graduating from Mount Holyoke Seminary in 1842. Sent to Persia, she founded a girls school and ministered among women and children. Ill health forced her to return to the U.S.A. in 1858; she did not recover sufficiently to return to the field. Her book about the founder of Mt. Holyoke, Recollections of Mary Lyon, was published posthumously in 1866.
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