MARTHA C. CALLANAN was born in Albany County, New York, May 18, 1826.Her youthful days were spent on a farm near the Hudson River.She received a good education in the schools of Albany and in 1846 was married to James Callanan.
In 1863 they removed to Iowa, locating at Des Moines.Mrs. Callanan took a deep interest in the reform movements of the times and in 1870 was one of the organizers of the State Equal Suffrage Association, which was established at a convention held in Des Moines.She was always a liberal contributor to its finances and an earnest and faithful worker in the cause. For many years she was the editor and publisher of the Woman's Standard and a constant contributor to its columns.She was a prominent member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and one of the founders and contributors of the Benedict Home for friendless girls.Mrs. Callanan was also one of the founders and generous supporters of the Home for the Aged which was erected at Des Moines.She was many times president of the Equal Suffrage Association and always one of its trusted counselors.Mrs. Callanan took a deep interest in missionary work and was a liberal contributor to the cause.
Her whole life was filled with good deeds and her wealth was used liberallyin aiding the worthy unfortunate and promoting good works.She died on the 16th of August, 1901.
'An Illustrated History of Iowa' Iowa Biography by Benjamin F. Gue, 1903