Abigail Scott DuniwayAbigail Scott Duniway
- October 11
) was born Abigail Jane Scott
near Groveland, Illinois, to John Tucker Scott and Anne Roelofson. She grew up on the family farm, and in 1852
she traveled the Oregon Trail
with her family. She taught school in Cincinnati (now Eola
before marrying Benjamin C. Duniway in 1853.
After her husband's severe injury in 1862, she supported the family by teaching and running a millinery in Albany, Oregon. She moved them to Portland in 1871 and began publishing The New Northwest.
Her Captain Gray's Company, or Crossing the Plains and Living in Oregon (1859) was the first novel to be commercially published in Oregon. She wrote a booklet called My Musings after attending a convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1872. Her last publication was Path Breaking: An Autobiographical History of the Equal Suffrage Movement in Pacific Coast States, in 1914.