Augusta Jane Evans Wilson was a well-known novelist and philanthropist in the 19th century. Writing in the domestic fiction genre, she published nine novels – the most popular being St. Elmo and Beulah. She was also well known in Mobile for her work in the community. At the turn of the century, she led a series of fundraising events to fund the construction of what is now the Mobile Infirmary, the flagship facility of largest non-governmental health care system in the state.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama

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