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Moore, Clara Sophia Jessup Bloomfield (16 February 1824–05 January 1899), novelist and etiquette writer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Augustus Edward Jessup, a mineralogist, and Lydia Eager Mosley. Moore attended Westfield Academy in Westfield, Massachusetts, and Mrs. Merrick’s School in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1842 she married Bloomfield Haines Moore, a Philadelphia Quaker, with whom she had three children. Her husband joined her father in forming the successful Jessup & Moore paper-manufacturing firm; by the time of his death in 1878, her husband had amassed a fortune of several million dollars....

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Emily Post Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-115059).

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Post, Emily (27 October 1872–25 September 1960), authority on etiquette, was born Emily Price in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Bruce Price, a renowned architect, and Josephine Lee. Partly because of her mother, who was the daughter of a wealthy Pennsylvania coal baron, the Price family enjoyed costly amenities and an impressive social position. In 1877 Bruce Price moved his headquarters to New York City, and he and his family lived in a Tenth Street brownstone, where Emily had a German governess. The family enjoyed summer vacations at Newport, Rhode Island, and Bar Harbor, Maine. She accompanied her father to building sites and enjoyed climbing up scaffolds with him. He designed and built Tuxedo Park, New York, a wealthy community resembling a country club that opened with great fanfare in 1884 and included a cottage for Emily’s family. Her father also designed the Château Frontenac in Quebec. For two years Emily attended Miss Graham’s New York City finishing school, which catered to families whose daughters were to become publicized debutantes. Emily, who made low grades and was reported for poor behavior, later said that her real education was owing to her beloved father, with whom she visited Canada, Italy, and France....

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Tuthill, Louisa Caroline Huggins (06 July 1799–01 June 1879), author, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Ebenezer Huggins, a prosperous merchant, and Mary Dickerman. Louisa was educated at seminaries for girls in New Haven and Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1817 she married Cornelius Tuthill, a minister from Hopewell, New York. They had four children. After continued ill health forced Cornelius to give up the ministry in 1818, he began editing the semiweekly literary periodical ...

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Vanderbilt, Amy (22 July 1908–22 December 1974), journalist, was born in Staten Island, New York, the daughter of Joseph Mortimer Vanderbilt, an insurance broker, and Mary Estelle Brooks. At the age of sixteen, while still a student at Curtis High School, she became the society writer for the Staten Island ...