Category Archives: Historical

Charles Loring Brace

Brace was the founder of the Orphan Train movement, which grew out of his many years of working to improve the lives of homeless and destitute children. He plays only an indirect role in the novel. Reprinted from City Journal … Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Family

When W.H.  Vanderbilt died in 1885, his will provided some insight into the confusion of mansions along Fifth Avenue. His  “heirs-at-law and next of kin” were Marie Louise Vanderbilt, the widow, living at No. 640 Fifth Avenue Cornelius Vanderbilt, a … Continue reading

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Sister Mary Irene FitzGibbon

birth name: Catherine Rosamund FitzGibbon birth place: London, England death place: New York City, New York, United States death cause: heart disease SISTER MARY IRENE DEAD; THE FOUNDER OF THE FOUNDLING ASYLUM. An Institution Which Has Cared for Thousands of … Continue reading

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Anthony Comstock

birth place: New Canaan, Connecticut, United States death place: Summit, New Jersey, United States organization: United States Postal Inspection Service known for: Creation of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and the Comstock Act occupation: United States Postal … Continue reading

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