Freeman, Alice (1857–1936)

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Freeman, Alice (1857–1936)

Canadian columnist. Name variations: (pseudonym) Faith Fenton. Born Alice Freeman in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, 1857; died 1936; spent 20 years as a teacher in the Toronto school system.

Pioneer Canadian journalist, led a double life during much of her career, teaching elementary school by day and plying the less respectable trade of reporter by night under name Faith Fenton; covered polite society as well as the down-and-out and once posed as a homeless woman to write an exposé; at age 40, lost teaching job and fled to the Klondike, where she gained notoriety for her stories on the Gold Rush.

See also Jill Downie, A Passionate Pen: The Life and Times of Faith Fenton (HarperCollins, 1996); and Women in World History.