Catharine Beecher

(1800 - 1878)

After her mother died in 1816, Catharine Beecher, then a teenager, ran the family household and largely raised her younger siblings. Harriet would go on to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Henry became a noted abolitionist. With her father, she operated schools for women in the Western territories. She is considered the founder of modern home economics; her Treatise on Domestic Economy was the first complete guide to housekeeping published in America and was reprinted about once every year through the 1860s and 1870s.

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