Passenger: First Class, Cabin E23
Margaret Brown is widely known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," a woman famous for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. She was also an actress, an activist, a socialite, and philanthropist. Brown was born in Missouri, the daughter of Irish immigrants, and grew up in a cottage just blocks from the Mississippi River. As a teenager, she worked stripping tobacco leaves at Garth's Tobacco Company in Hannibal. At the age of 18, she followed her sister and brother-in-law to Colorado to help establish a blacksmith shop, and later went to work in the carpets and draperies section of a local department store. In 1886, she met and married Joseph "J.J." Brown, a miner who eventually rose to the position of superintendent and the couple went on to have a son and a daughter.
In 1912, Molly Brown was visiting her daughter Helen, a student at the Sorbonne in France, when she got word that her grandson was ill and booked passage on the Titanic to return home to be with him. Molly helped other women onto lifeboats before taking a seat on lifeboat number 6. Aboard the Carpathia, she assisted other survivors. When she returned to New York, Brown helped to establish the Survivor's Committee and raised almost $10,000 to help destitute survivors. She also assisted the effort to erect a Titanic memorial in Washington, DC and visited the cemetery in Halifax to lay wreaths on the graves of Titanic victims.