October 26, 1932

Margaret Brown, or “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” survivor of the Titanic died in New York City on this day in 1932. Born Margaret Tobin in Missouri, she relocated to Colorado at the age of 18. She met J.J. Brown, also the child of Irish immigrants. The two married and acquired great wealth after J.J.’s engineering efforts helped Ibex Mining Company in the production of ore. Their new found wealth allowed Margaret to become an activist. She ran for US Senate in 1909 and again in 1914. She was dubbed “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” for her heroic efforts to save passengers. She forced Lifeboat 6 to go back and search for more survivors, taking an oar to row.

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