Mary Baker Eddy — Quick read

Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910) was an American religious leader widely known as the discoverer of Christian Science. A lifelong Bible student, Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, first published in 1875. Four years later she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist. Today it has branches around the world. In 1908 she started The Christian Science Monitor, a respected global news source which has won seven Pulitzer Prizes. Learn more in the Deep Read.

Key dates:

1821 — Born in Bow, New Hampshire

1866 — Recovers through prayer from effects of an accident, marking her discovery of Christian Science

1875 — Publishes her most important book, Science and Health

1879 — Founds the Christian Science church

1908 — Starts The Christian Science Monitor

1910 — Dies at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Portrait of Mary Baker Eddy, 1918. Art by Max Bohm. 1986.141 Art and Artifact Collection