Mrs. Potter Palmer

Mrs. Potter Palmer

Mrs. Potter Palmer (Bertha) was a director of the Chicago Bureau of Charities beginning in 1898 and served as the second Vice President of the Board of United Charites from 1910-1911.  She was the hostess for the first charity ball benefiting the agency.  She is best known for encouraging her husband to rebuild the Palmer House in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire.  She was the only woman appointed by the president of the United States  to the national committee for the Paris Exposition of 1900.

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