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Museum of Motherhood

Inspiring Women- Molly Brown

Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown (1867-1932) – Better known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” who survived the sinking of the Titanic, Margaret Tobin originally came from humble beginnings. Born in Hannibal, Missouri on July 18,1867, she was one of six children of Irish immigrants. In 1883, Molly’s older sister Mary, and her husband Jack Landrigan, moved to Leadville, Colorado to work in the mines. Three years later, Molly and her brother Daniel followed them to the rough and tumble mining town. While Daniel went to work as a miner, Molly took a job in a department store. Soon, Molly met James Joseph (J.J.) Brown, an enterprising and self-educated miner. In 1886, they married. While in Leadville, Molly became involved in women’s rights, helping to establish the Colorado chapter of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. She also established a soup kitchen to assist miners’ families

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