II-63273.1 | Mrs. John H. R. Molson, Montreal, QC, 1881

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Mrs. John H. R. Molson, Montreal, QC, 1881
Notman & Sandham
1881, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
15 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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Keywords:  female (19035) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Women ran many of the private charities for women and children and were the mainstay of much of the charitable work done by the national societies and the Protestant churches. Although gender ideologies restricted women's social and political activities, charity was considered a duty for middle and upper-class women, who were thought to have natural qualities of compassion and moral authority. Many women devoted a great deal of time and effort to running charities and raising funds. A number of women who were wealthy in their own right made substantial philanthropic donations as well as giving of their time. One such woman in Montreal was Louisa Goddard Frothingham Molson (1827-1910), who was active in charity work from the age of eighteen. Having inherited substantial wealth from both her father and her husband, she supported a number of charities during her lifetime and left almost $500,000 in donations to charities, hospitals and universities in her will.

  • What

    Louisa Frothingham Molson was an active member of the Protestant Orphan Asylum's Committee for sixty-four years. She also was a member of several other charities, and supported others with donations.

  • Where

    Louisa Frothingham Molson was born in Montreal. She lived in Piedmont, the family home on the mountain above Pine Avenue, which her father left for her use when he died.

  • When

    Louisa Frothingham Molson was born in 1827. She died in 1910.

  • Who

    Louisa Goddard Frothingham Molson was the daughter of John Frothingham (1788-1870), a wholesale hardware dealer. She married J.H.R. Molson (1826-1897) in 1873.