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Collection Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton Papers


A chronology of key events in the life of Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton, influential social leader and political observer in Washington, D.C., in the early to mid-nineteenth century.

  • 1775

    Born in England probably in this year. Moved to Philadelphia with her mother, Ann Brodeau

  • 1777

    William Dodd, her putative father, was hanged in England for forgery

  • 1790

    Married architect William Thornton (1759-1828)

  • 1792

    The Thorntons moved to Washington, D.C., after living in Tortola

  • 1814, Aug.

    Fled Washington ahead of the British attack on the city during the War of 1812

  • 1828, Mar. 28

    Death of husband William Thornton

  • 1835, Aug. 5

    Threatened with an axe by her slave, Arthur

  • 1865, Aug. 16

    Died; interred at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

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