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Annie Besant

Annie BesantBorn: 1-Oct-1847
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 20-Sep-1933
Location of death: Madras, India
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered in the River Ganges, some placed at Adyar)

Gender: Female
Religion: Cult
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist, Religion

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Theosophist & Social Activist

Annie Besant is best known for her association with Theosophy, the Buddhist and Hindu influenced religious society founded by H. P. Blavatsky. Besant also gained considerable renown, during her lifetime, fighting for various social causes, including Indian home rule, the plight of London's poverty stricken women and children, and birth control. Besant was nearly jailed for the latter, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. She joined Blavatsky's Theosophy Society in the 1890s, and created her own splinter group after Blavatsky's death.

Father: William Wood
Mother: Emily Morris
Husband: Frank Besant (m. 1867, legally separated 1898)
Son: Digby Besant
Daughter: Mabel Besant

    Theosophical Society
    Fabian Society
    Freemasonry International Order of Co-Freemasonry (irregular, 1902)
    Obscenity (obscene libel) convicted Jun-1877
    Lost Child Custody
    Irish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Yoga

Author of books:
The Political Status of Women (1874, non-fiction)
Marriage, As It Was, As It Is, And As It Should Be: A Plea For Reform (1878, non-fiction)
The Law Of Population (1877, non-fiction)
Autobiographical Sketches (1885, non-fiction)
An Autobiography (1893, non-fiction)
The Ancient Wisdom (1898, non-fiction)
Introduction to Yoga (1908, non-fiction)
The Doctrine of the Heart (1929, non-fiction)

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