Bertha Honore Potter Palmer

Biography of Bertha Honore Potter Palmer

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 "Cissie," studied in her home town and achieved a reputation as a skilled musician, a proficient linguist, a brilliant writer, a skilled politician, and a fine administrator.

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