1834: Henrietta Howland Robinson born (financier)Nicknamed “The Witch of Wall Street” (November 21, 1834 – July 3, 1916), was an American businesswoman, remarkable for her frugality during the Gilded Age, as well as for being the first American woman to make a substantial impact on Wall Street.
1850: Isabel Hapgood born (translator, writer) was an U.S. writer and translator of Russian and French texts.
Hapgood was born in Boston, the descendant of a long-established New England family. She studied Germanic and Slavic languages, specializing in Orthodox liturgical texts. She was one of the major figures in the dialogue between Western Christianity and Orthodoxy. She traveled through Russia between 1887 and 1889. While there, she spent several weeks with the famous Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy on his country estate. She wrote a lengthy article detailing her visit and observations of the man trying to live his ideal life for The Atlantic magazine, it was published in 1891.
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She was in Moscow when the revolution broke out in 1917, but was able to escape and returned to the United States.
Despite Count Tolstoy’s admonition that she should marry, Ms. Hapgood never married and had no children. She died in New York.
1868: Martha Wollstein born (physician) was an American physician. Wollstein was born in New York to a German Jewish family.
1870: Mary Johnston born (writer) was an American novelist and women’s rights advocate.
On This Day: 1981, NCAA sponsored the first women’s championships in cross country and field hockey
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