Mrs. Elizabeth Cadwell Tomlinson, C. S., was born in Byron, Wisconsin. In her infancy, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Americus Vespucius Tilton Cadwell, moved to Portland, Oregon, where, in time, Mrs. Tomlinson was graduated from St. Helen's Hall, a well-known Episcopalian private school. Soon after her graduation she received a remarkable healing in Christian Science; this brought her into the practice of Christian Science, to which she has since devoted her time. She joined The Mother Church in 1900, and was continuously a participant in the general activities of branch churches with which she was connected.

About 1912 she was appointed by the Governor of Oregon as a delegate to take part in a conference of women's organizations in Paris. In 1914 she was in London, England, at the outbreak of the World War, and did service under Mrs. Herbert Hoover in relief activities.

In 1916 she married the Reverend Irving C. Tomlinson, C. S. B., of Boston, and from this time she continued as a worker in the Cause of Christian Science in Boston. She accompanied her husband on his recent three-year lecture tour through the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and the continent of Europe, and the Orient, including Hawaii, Manila, China, and Japan.

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