New York State Women's History

Margaret Fuller

May 23, 1810 - July 19, 1850
Margaret Fuller was a Transcendentalist, women's rights advocate, and first woman reporter, foreign correspondent, and war correspondent for the Roman Revolution of 1848-1849 with Horace Greeley's New York Tribune. She initiated "Conversations for Women" in Boston as well as wrote the first American feminist tract, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century," in New York State which inspired the 1848 Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention.

Key Places
Fishkill Landing, New York: Before beginning her new job as first woman reporter for the New York Tribune in December 1844, Margaret spent seven weeks here to transform her Transcendental Dial article, "The Great Lawsuit," into her international bestseller, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century." She regularly visited the women prisoners at Sing Sing to dialogue with them about her book.

The Greeley Home, East 49th Street and Lexington Avenue, Turtle Bay, Manhattan, New York City: Margaret lived with the Greeleys in the countryside just outside the city at this location. Her room looked out onto the East River.

30 Ann Street (rear second floor) near Nassau Street, adjacent to City Hall Park, Manhattan, was the original site of the New York Tribune building where Margaret wrote for and worked with Horace Greeley. Horace Greeley's statue, which was in front of his newspaper building, is now facing it from City Hall Park.

The Margaret Fuller memorial was located at Point O' Woods, Fire Island, New York, but was swept into the sea like Margaret was in 1913. That site was selected because Margaret could see that point from the sinking ship in the hurricane as she drowned on July 19, 1850. Lillie Devereux Blake organized the creation of the memorial in 1901. ...more>>
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