17 Facts About Molly Brown


Margaret Brown, posthumously known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", was an American socialite and philanthropist.

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Molly Brown unsuccessfully encouraged the crew in Lifeboat No 6 to return to the debris field of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to look for survivors.

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Molly Brown's parents were Irish Catholic immigrants John Tobin, an abolitionist who supported the Underground Railroad, and Johanna Tobin.

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Adjusting to the trappings of a society lady, Molly Brown became well-immersed in the arts and fluent in French, German, Italian, and Russian.

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Molly Brown co-founded a branch in Denver of the Alliance Francaise to promote her love of French culture.

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Molly Brown gave parties that were attended by Denver socialites, but she was unable to gain entry into the most elite group, Sacred 36, who attended exclusive bridge parties and dinners held by Louise Sneed Hill.

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Molly Brown received a $700 monthly allowance to continue her travels and political work.

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Molly Brown assisted in fundraising for Denver's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which was completed in 1911.

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Molly Brown worked with Judge Ben Lindsey to help destitute children and establish one of the United States' first juvenile courts.

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Molly Brown spent the first months of 1912 in Paris, visiting her daughter and as part of the John Jacob Astor IV party, until she received word from Denver that her eldest grandchild, Lawrence Palmer Molly Brown Jr.

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Molly Brown immediately booked passage on the first available liner leaving for New York, the RMS Titanic.

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Molly Brown's urgings were met with opposition from Quartermaster Robert Hichens, the crewman in charge of Lifeboat 6.

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In 1914, six years before the Nineteenth Amendment granted women the right to vote, Brown ran for Colorado's US Senate seat, but she ended her campaign to serve abroad as the director of the American Committee for Devastated France during World War I For her work organizing female ambulance drivers, nurses, and food distributers, Brown was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 1932.

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JJ Molly Brown left vast, yet complicated, real estate, mining, and stock holdings.

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Molly Brown was buried next to JJ at St Brigid's cemetery, now known as Cemetery of the Holy Rood, in Westbury, New York, following a small ceremony on October 31,1932, attended by close friends and family.

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Molly Brown was concerned about the rights of workers and women, education and literacy for children, historic preservation, and commemoration of the bravery and chivalry displayed by the men aboard the Titanic.

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Molly Brown was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur for her good citizenship, activism, and philanthropy in America.

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