Margaret Tobin was born on July 18, 1867 in Hannibal, Missouri to John and Johanna Tobin; two poor Irish immigrants. Contrary to the myth, she did not survive a flood as an infant not did she have a nanny goat for a wet nurse. Maggie, as she was known back then, was educated by her aunt up to the 8th grade, equivalent to a high school education today. She then began seasonal work in the Garth Tobacco Factory for several years. Pretty soon, Margaret was 18 and had no suitable marriage prospects. In the spring of 1886, she bought a train ticket and moved out to Leadville, Colorado to live with her brother Daniel and hopefully to find a rich miner to marry.
James Joseph Brown
At first sight, Margaret rejected any idea of possibly marrying James Joseph Brown. She had come to Leadville to find a rich husband, and JJ was by no means a millionaire. However, after just a few months of courtship Margaret decided it was better to marry for love rather that money and on September 1, 1886 they were married. Pretty soon they had two children Catherine Ellen “Helen" and Lawrence Palmer “Larry" Brown.
Family Portrait, taken in Leadville
After marrying JJ, Margaret began lessons with tutors, studying reading and literature as well as piano and singing. The happy family lived comfortably for several years in Leadville right up until the US government repealed the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, switching from silver backed currency to the gold standard which is still used today. This was really bad news for Leadville, which mainly relied on silver mining. Long story short, JJ discovered gold, became a millionaire and the family moved down to Denver.
The Family Home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver
Now for the good stuff.
One of my personal heros, Margaret was an incredible humanitarian, philanthropist, feminist, and activist.
Some of the incredible things she did include (in no particular order):
Organize soup kitchens for poor miners and their families in Leadville, with her two small children in tow no less
Helped form the Denver Women’s Party, was involved in Colorado politics, and was part of the women’s suffrage movement at both the state and national levels
Was fluent in 5 languages
Donated money to the Denver Dumb Friends League (animal shelter, still open today)
Organized the Carnival of Nations, a festival in Denver to raise money for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She had booths representing cultures from all over the world, including Native Americans, which was very much frowned upon. She and her husband JJ also donated quite a bit of their own money to the project. Interesting side note: once the Cathedral was completed, Margaret attended every Sunday she was in town. She was known to walk in a few minutes late (you can literally see the cathedral from her house) so everyone would have to turn around to see what she was wearing that day.
She worked with Ben Lindsey to create a juvenile court and detention system, similar to the system in place today. Before this, children would be tried as adults and sentenced to adult prisons, or left unpunished entirely because the judges couldn’t bring themselves to send child into such awful conditions. Margaret hosted functions (including an annual function at the Opera) and donated some of her own money to help fund Judge Lindsey’s cause.
She ran for state Senate three times
Margaret’s official campaign portrait
She attended the Carnegie Institute
She organized nurses and supplies in a relief station in France where she herself was an ambulance driver
She offered her cottage in Newport, Rhode Island to be used as a hospital
She translated books to Braille for soldiers who lost their eyesight due to mustard gas
She earned the French Legion of Honor Medal for her efforts during the war (really big deal!!)
Yes, she did survive the Titanic. But there is so much more to the story than Hollywood makes it seem. Margaret was on the deck of the Titanic and used her 5 languages to help get people off the ship. There was supposed to be a training drill the morning before it sank, to this day we don’t know why it was cancelled. Margaret is telling the passengers things like “it’s only a drill, you’ll be back soon” knowing this was the best way to save as many people as possible. Many did not want their families to be separated, or they did not believe the ship was actually sinking. You couldn’t tell until it was too late. It is believed that Margaret would have gone down with the ship had she not been forcibly put onto a lifeboat by two crew members. Once her lifeboat reached the water, Margaret took off her many layers of clothing (she dressed like an onion before leaving her room) and distributed them to the other women and children in her life boat. She then instructed the first class women to begin rowing. This was important to a) prevent hypothermia and b) not be sucked into the ocean by the undertow of the ship when it finally did sink. Once their lifeboat was found by the Carpathia, Margaret used her excellent organizing skills to collect and distribute blankets and clothing to the survivors of the Titanic from the passengers of the Carpathia. She also collected money from the first class passengers and survivors to give the the third class immigrants once they reached New York. She had some difficulty convincing them to donate, so she put a list with all the names of the first class people with the amount that they had given (or not) it didn’t take long for the 1st class passengers and survivors to realize they should donate as to not tarnish their name. She raised $10,000 equivalent to about $250,000 (USD) today. When the Titanic Survivor’s Committee was formed, she was of course appointed chairwoman. She attempted to testify in the Senate hearing but was turned away because she was (shocker) a woman. She did however help fight to change Maritime policy to families first (instead of women and children first) and ensure that there will always.be enough lifeboats, life jackets and properly trained crew members to prevent disasters like this in the future.
When on vacation in Florida her hotel caught fire, and she helped guide the other people on her floor out the fire escape to safety
She sang, yodeled, played the piano and classical guitar
She worked as an actress in NYC, living in the Barbizon hotel (men were not allowed past the lobby, this building was symbolic of a cultural shift in the ‘20s). She also taught acting, and had her own studio in the hotel.
She died in her sleep in 1932 from a stroke brought on by a misdiagnosed brain tumor. She is buried in the Holy Rood Cemetery in New York.
Margaret Brown is so amazing and I can go on about her for days. Forgive my rambling.
Sources: Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth by Kristen Iversen
Random facts I know (I give tours in her home)
If you have any questions, please ask!
I’m planning on writing about Justina Ford (the first African American female to be a licensed physician in Colorado) next, but if you guys have any suggestions please let me know!
All I could accomplish would be to make a fool of myself. I don’t hold public office. I don’t have a party position. I don’t have a party platform. I don’t have any troops. The only thing more impotent than a former President is a cut dog at a screwing match.
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson, when asked how involved he planned to be in the 1972 Presidential campaign.
(Pictured at top: Senator George McGovern, 1972 Democratic Presidential nominee, visits with former President Lyndon B. Johnson at the LBJ Ranch near Johnson City, Texas, August 22, 1972; Bottom photo: LBJ shakes hands with Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sargent Shriver at the LBJ Ranch in Texas on August 22, 1972 with Senator McGovern and Lady Bird Johnson nearby.)
@tokugawalady and I’s expanded universe of SLBP in our College AU Setting. Just sharing this for kicks.
Nobunaga: head of the fight club, was fwb with hideyoshi but broke it off when he met his current girlfriend. He a recently graduated polisci major and currently working as a field organizer/speaker for a senate campaign. He met his MC in school (she was also polisci, they met by getting into an argument about the merits of war in class.) They are engaged and she does advocacy work. She does not approve of the fight club but often makes dinner for the members.
Mitsuhide: He handles the fight club finances. He’s a TA getting his masters in accounting. He also has a tea club, which is where he met his MC. She’s getting her culinary degree and working at a local restaurant in town. She is 100% a bridesmaid in Nobu’s girlfriend’s wedding party, as well as helping to cater. They are a very quiet (and closet kinky) couple.
Saizo: (there is a fic for this) Dr. Kirigakure is a professor of creative writing at the university, he also lives in the same apartment complex as Ieyasu and Yukimura. His MC may or may not be the student he is having an affair with, that remains to be seen. If so, she is a senior marketing major with a communications minor and a reputation for being an overachiever. Saizo also buys weed from Ieyasu from time to time.
Yukimura: At university on a soccer scholarship. He is a physical education major with an honor streak a mile wide. In the same frat as Inuchiyo and Shigezane. Consistently trying to get Ieyasu removed from the apartments for growing weed. It never works. Spends alot of time on Saizo’s couch playing the xbox and also boxing. His MC is actually a physical therapy major, who met him after a sports injury. She spends a lot of her time patching him up and trying to figure out if Ieyasu is dating that girl lives with.
Masamune: Ecology major, one of his eyes is light sensitive so he wears the eyepatch for health reasons. He might be in science department but he spends a good bit of his time in kojuro’s office in the English department. His MC is a library worker (she works with mitsunari, poor dear). They spend a lot of of time reading on the veranda of the house he shares with shigezane. She asked him out first. They are adorable.
Shigezane: President of his fraternity, if you ask him his job he says he is “just here to have fun”. His major is communications and he has taken a lot of classes with Saizo’s MC. He was undecided until this last semester. His MC is a Risk Management/insurance major. She is very level headed but can drink him under the table. They are the couple that makes out in public bars before they are even that drunk.
Kojuro: a professor in the English department. Specialty in poetry. Tries to get Masamune to switch to english, he never does. His MC is a new professor of music. Her piano playing helps him write. She is the type of person who makes snacks for her students. Sometimes he takes his turtle to work.
Ieyasu: (there is a fic) senior pharmacy major. He has already been accepted into the school. Grows pot and sells drugs out of his apartment. Has a vicious bunny named ichigo. The smartest about science. His MC is definitely his bothersome new housemate. She is a psychology major. Yes. She does psychoanalyze him. They are really good for one another in the long run.
Mitsunari: Basically lives in the library, he is both a student worker and a library science major. He actually lives in a 2 bedroom apartment with inuchiyo, hideyoshi, and hanbei. He keeps the library extra quiet when he is on shift. His MC is a grade above him. She is also pre pharmacy like Ieyasu. They bond over books, she won’t leave him alone and one day he realizes he doesn’t want her to. His roommates are surprised when he brings a girl.home.
Inuchiyo and Hideyoshi: unexpected boyfriends. Long time friends and rivals, inuchiyo realized he loved Hideyoshi first. Hideyoshi, however, was too busy pining over Nobunaga. One drunken confession later and 2 months of friends with benefits behavior they made it official. It made their living situation a bit awkward but mitsun and hanbei are getting used to it. Inuchiyo’s best friend is Ieyasu’s MC.
Oichi: Saizo’ MC’s best friend since childhood and Nobu’s little sister. She is a fashion design major who pledged her freshman year.
Toramatsu: Social work major. Ieyasu’s old roommate. Long-suffering. He just needs a break.
“…I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” – President Barack Obama to ABC News’ Robin Roberts, May 9, 2012.
During the heated 2008 presidential primary campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama distinguished his position on LGBTQ-rights from other Democratic candidates by calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its entirety, whereas other candidates generally called for the repeal of Section 3 of DOMA, which barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages, but not the repeal of Section 2, which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
In 2011, during President Obama’s first term, his Justice Department announced it would no longer defend DOMA, a crucial step in the legal fight for marriage equality. Nonetheless, President Obama avoided the direct question of whether he supported marriage equality, famously repeating that his views on the issue were “still evolving.”
On May 9, 2012, five years ago today, President Obama’s evolution on marriage equality came to an end, when, in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, he became the first sitting president to voice support for same-sex marriage.
The day before the interview, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions; when asked on May 6 about the impending North Carolina vote, Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s David Gregory that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage and that same-sex couples are “entitled to the same exact rights” as opposite-sex couples. While many believe Biden’s pronouncement to have been a gaffe, there are those who view it as having been a weather balloon for what, at that point, was President Obama’s inevitable announcement. #HavePrideInHistory
Advisor: sir, Mike Flynn has been fired, Rex Tillerson had to resign, the DNC was hacked by Russia, fake news was being propagated by the Russians to benefit your campaign, the senate is investigating your connections to Russia, the FBI is investigating your ties to Russia, and Jeff sessions had to step down from the investigation for lying under oath. What should we do to stop people from thinking you have connections to Russia?
Trump: lets fire James Comey
The final LSTA/IAL “Dear Appropriator” campaign numbers are in! We got a record 45 senators on the LSTA letter and 37 on IAL.
That’s a 30% increase over last year for LSTA and just under 20% for IAL.
The map shows how our Senator Dear Appropriator campaign performance looks state-by-state. Navy blue represents “Yes” on both letters. Orange represents “Yes” on IAL but “No” on LSTA. Light blue represents “No” on IAL and “Yes” on LSTA. Gray represents “No” on both.
Because of your efforts, over 21,000 emails were sent to the Senate
alone, and over 42,000 emails to Congress and almost 26,000 #saveIMLS
tweets were sent about IMLS and federal library funding since mid-March.
You can expect further updates from us as we move forward, particularly around the reauthorization process for the Museum and Library Services Act, but for now, take a second to rest!
“We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created” with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). “That’s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”
damn straight you will
there’s this, too:
“[New York Republican representative John] Faso warned that by defunding Planned Parenthood in the reconciliation bill, “we are arming our enemy in this debate.”
Faso continued: “Health insurance is going to be tough enough for us to deal with without having millions of people on social media come to Planned Parenthood’s defense and sending hundreds of thousands of new donors to the Democratic Senate and Democratic congressional campaign committees. So I would just urge us to rethink this.”
this is why we need to keep calling and tweeting and signal boosting. every single gesture helps to create a culture where we can make our representatives goddamn terrified that they’ll lose their jobs.
This is from Stephanie Taylor of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito is trying to fool her West Virginia constituents.
Her state will be hardest hit from Medicaid cuts – and she really wants the grassroots pressure to stop.
So hours after Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would delay the vote a few days in order to cut deals that get more Republicans to vote yes, Capito announced she opposes the Republican repeal bill “as drafted.”
And she wants lots of positive credit for that squishy move.
The ad focuses on a real mother and daughter in West Virginia. The daughter, Micah, has cerebral palsy, suffers seizures, and has needed constant care for 38 years. If her senator votes for Trump’s health care repeal bill, Micah could die.
Sen. Capito is one of the key swing votes, her state would be the hardest hit, and this ad puts front and center the real faces of real people – her own constituents – who will feel the brunt of this bad law. […]