Abolitionist and Wife of William Lloyd Garrison While her husband got all the glory, Helen Benson Garrison was an abolitionist in her own right. She raised funds for the American Anti-Slavery Society in many ways, particularly as a manager of the annual Boston Anti-Slavery Bazaar. Image: Helen Benson Garrison and William Lloyd Garrison Early Years Helen Benson was born on February 23, 1811 Continued ..
Witness to the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln Clara Harris was an American socialite. Harris and her then fiance Henry Rathbone were the guests of President Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth fatally shot the President. Image: Clara Harris, circa 1860-1868 Early Years Clara Harris was born on September 9, 1834 in Continued ..
Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln Twenty-year-old Mary Todd began living with her sister Elizabeth Todd Edwards in Springfield, Illinois in October 1839, with Elizabeth serving as Mary's guardian. Despite their sometimes rocky relationship, Elizabeth rescued Mary Todd Lincoln from an insane asylum in 1875. Image: Elizabeth Todd Edwards (left) and Mary Todd Lincoln Elizabeth Todd was born in Continued ..
Writer, Artist and Wife of Author Nathaniel Hawthorne Sophia Hawthorne (September 21, 1809 – February 26, 1871) was a writer and painter, and one of the famous Peabody sisters. She took up drawing and painting in 1829, and was an accomplished artist before her marriage to author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sophia also published her journals and some of Nathaniel's notebooks, which she edited and Continued ..