Virginia Meachum

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General Information

Name: Virginia Meachum

Pen Name: None

Born: 1918 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: Feb. 23, 2010 in Urbana Illinois

Illinois Connection

Meachum lived the majority of her life in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Virginia Meachum graduated from Austin High School in Chicago and from Illinois State University in 1943 with a bachelor of education degree. She taught in the grade schools of New London, Conn., before moving to Champaign, where she worked as an administrative secretary at the University of Illinois. In 1948, her family settled in Danville, Illinois. There, she combined homemaking with free-lance feature writing for various publications. Later, she specialized in writing biographies for young adult readers, including books on Janet Reno, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, and other “People to Know.”

She was a 30-year volunteer in the former Lakeview Hospital Gift Shop, past president of Chapter KE of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a volunteer tutor in the READS program of Danville Elementary Schools and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Published Works

  • Janet Reno: United States Attorney General, Enslow Publishers, 1995
  • Steven Spielberg, Hollywood Filmmaker, Enslow Publishers, 1996
  • Jane Goodall, Protector of Chimpanzees, Enslow Publishers, 1997
  • Martha Stewart, Successful Businesswoman, Enslow Publishers, 1998
  • Rosie O`Donnell, Talk Show Host and Comedian, Enslow Publishers, 2000
  • Charles Lindbergh, American Hero of Flight, Enslow Publishers, 2002

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Janet Reno: United States Attorney General (People to Know)

ISBN: 089490549X
Release Date: 1995-04

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Steven Spielberg: Hollywood Filmmaker (People to Know)

ISBN: 0894906976
Release Date: 1996-06

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Jane Goodall: Protector of Chimpanzees (People to Know)

ISBN: 0894908278
Release Date: 1997-07

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Martha Stewart: Successful Businesswoman (People to Know)

ISBN: 0894909843
Release Date: 1998-08

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Rosie O'Donnell: Talk Show Host and Comedian (People to Know)

ISBN: 0766011488
Release Date: 2000-01

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External Links

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Virginia Meachum on Amazon


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