Margaret “Molly” Brown Philanthropist
1867 - 1932
Molly Brown became a national heroine in 1912 after surviving the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and leading efforts to assist other survivors, especially poor women and children whose male bread-winners had gone down with the ship.
Margaret “Molly” Brown is perhaps Colorado’s most famous and beloved heroine. She should also be remembered for her philanthropy and activism. After following her brother to Leadville at the age of 18, she married James Joseph “J.J.” Brown. After several harsh years in mine country, J.J. Brown struck rich veins of gold in the Little Jonny Mine. In 1894 the newly wealthy Browns moved to Denver and she filled her life with philanthropic and political pursuits. Margaret’s passion for travel took her around the world.
“The courage and endurance of those women during the long night was almost supernatural.” — Margaret Brown, describing survivors in the Titanic lifeboats in 1912.