Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown

Molly Brown was born Margaret Tobin on July 18, 1867, in Hannibal, Missouri. When she was 18 she followed her older brother to Leadville where she met her future husband, James Joseph Brown. They were married at the Church of the Annunication on September 1, 1886. During their stay in Leadville, J. J. Brown struck rich veins of gold and copper in the “Little Jonny” mine. He and his wife were suddenly very wealthy. In 1894 Molly persuaded her husband to move to Denver. The Browns legally separated in 1909 and Brown began traveling. She became a national heroine in 1912, after surviving the sinking of the Titanic and performing several heroic acts of courage and leadership. It was at this time that she was given the name “Molly” by the media. She referred to herself as “Margaret” or “Maggie.”