Catharine Esther Beecher was born on September 6, 1800 in East Hampton, New York to Roxana Foote and Reverend Lyman Beecher. A prominent educator and author, Beecher advocated for the rigorous education of women and for the elevation of their role within the domestic sphere. She was the author of numerous works on domestic management, founded five schools, and formed The American Woman's Educational Aossication (1852) and The Ladies Society for Promoting Education in the West. Catharine Beecher died in Emira, New York on May 12, 1878.
Harriet Beecher, born in Litchfield, CT in 1811, married Lane Theological Seminary professor and ardent critic of slavery Calvin Stowe in 1836. The Stowes supported the Underground Railroad, housing several runaway slaves in their home. Author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works, she is best known for “Uncle Tom's Cabin,” published in 1852.