Blow, Susan Elizabeth
- Kathleen S. Brown
Blow, Susan Elizabeth (07 June 1843–?27 Mar. 1916), educational reformer, was born in Carondelet, a section of St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Henry Taylor Blow, a wealthy owner of lead-mining operations, president of the Iron Mountain Railroad, state senator, and minister to Venezuela and Brazil, and Minerva Grimsley, daughter of another prominent manufacturer and local politician. Susan Blow grew up in a large household and an environment of high German culture, business, and government affairs. Her extended family and social network included uncles, cousins, and business associates of her father who were involved in local, state, national, and international politics. Her grandfather Peter Blow had brought slaves with him from Virginia and Alabama. One of them was ...