May Maxwell

May Maxwell (1870-1940), an early American member of the Bahá'í Faith, is best known as the mother of Rúhíyyih Khanum, and the wife of William Sutherland Maxwell (m. 1902).

She was among the first group of pilgrims to visit `Abdu'l-Bahá in February 1899. She was an early participant at Green Acre, the first Bahá'í training facility in the United States.

In 1927 she was a member of the US and Canada National Spiritual Assembly.

She died in 1940, shortly after arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is buried. Shoghi Effendi gave her the status of a martyr.

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