Bertha Honore Potter Palmer


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Bertha Palmer (May 22, 1849 – May 5, 1918) was an American businesswoman, socialite, and philanthropist. Her next-door neighbor was steel magnate Clayton Mark, the builder of the planned worker community named Marktown in Northwest Indiana.

Born Bertha Matilde Honoré in Louisville, Kentucky, her father was businessman Henry Hamilton Honoré. Bertha, known within the family as ... more »

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  • ''Consider the value to the race of one-half of its members being enabled to throw aside the intolerable bondage of ignorance that has always weighed them down!''
    Bertha Honore Potter Palmer (1849-1918), U.S. socialite. "Address to the Dedicatory Ceremonies [of the Woman's Building, World's Columbian Exposition,...
  • ''Even more important than the discovery of Columbus, which we are gathered together to celebrate, is the fact that the general government has just discovered women.''
    Bertha Honore Potter Palmer (1849-1918), U.S. socialite. As quoted in The Fair Women, ch. 10, by Jeanne Madeline Weimann (1981). Palmer, President...
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