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Hepburn, Katharine Martha Houghtonlocked

(02 February 1878–17 March 1951)
  • Carole Artigiani Nichols


Hepburn, Katharine Martha Houghton (02 February 1878–17 March 1951), women's rights activist, women’s rights activist, was born in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Alfred Houghton, a businessman and son of founders of the Corning Glass Works, and Caroline Garlinghouse. After the deaths of her parents—her father of suicide in 1892 and her mother of stomach cancer in 1894—the teenager and her two sisters were sent to Corning, New York, to live with their mother’s cousin Mack Smith in Canandaigua, New York. Katharine attended Bryn Mawr College and earned her B.A. in 1899 and an M.A. in chemistry and physics in 1900. After a European tour, she took a teaching job in Baltimore, where she met Thomas Norval Hepburn, a student at Johns Hopkins Medical School, whom she married in 1904....

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