Virginia Thrall Smith

Virginia Thrall Smith was educated at the Suffield Institute, Hartford Female Seminary, and Mount Holyoke Seminary. In 1857, she married William B. Smith, a tailor and clothier. They lived in…

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Anne Tracy Morgan

Born in New York, Anne Tracy Morgan was the daughter of financier J. Pierpont Morgan and his second wife Frances Tracy Morgan. Although she grew up amidst wealth and social…

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Gertrude Lewis

In 1880, in her senior year of high school, Gertrude Lewis arranged for leading animal welfare advocate, George T. Angell, to lecture in Hartford. A lawyer and philanthropist, Angell formed…

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Betty Knox

Born in Hartford, Betty Knox graduated from city schools, Miss Wheeler’s School in Providence, and the Yale School of Drama. World War II During World War II, she opened a…

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Isabella Beecher Hooker

Isabella Beecher was born into the prominent Beecher family. She was the daughter of Rev. Lyman Beecher and his second wife, Harriet. Her older half-sisters included the author Harriet Beecher…

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Reverend Francis Goodwin

After graduating from Hartford High School, Francis Goodwin worked for dry good merchants Howe, Mather & Co. of Hartford and Morton & Grinnell of New York City. His interest in…

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Katharine Seymour Day

Born in Hartford, Katharine Seymour Day was the daughter of prominent attorney John Calvin Day. She was also the granddaughter of suffragist Isabella Beecher Hooker and grandniece of anti-slavery novelist…

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Emily Parmely Collins

Emily Parmely Collins was born in South Bristol, New York. She was an industrious reader of history and poetry. In her teens she became a school teacher. She was very…

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