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The Booth Family of Long
Mary Louise Booth of Yaphank
Louise Booth was born at Yaphank in 1831. She was the
daughter of the village miller and school teacher. Mary Booth was a writer,
translator and magazine editor. She began to translate French works at
a young age
and completed about forty in all, including books that were sympathetic
to the Union cause, which won praise from Abraham Lincoln. At the same
Booth wrote her own book, "History of the City of New York" (1859),
won great praise and commercial success. Booth fought for women's
rights alongside Susan B. Anthony and served as secretary at the
conventions in Saratoga in 1855 and New York City in 1860. She was also
In 1867 Booth was named editor of the Harper Brothers' new magazine,
"Harper's Bazar," a family and fashion magazine. Booth combined the
skills of a shrewd businesswoman, intuitive knowledge of the tastes of
conventional Victorian ladies, and the literary judgment of a writer,
making the "Bazar" a great financial success. Booth built a magazine
that continued more than a century after her death (although its name
was changed to "Bazaar" in 1929).
on March 5,
1899 and was buried in the family Plot in Cypress Hills Cemetery.
Some of her
translations were: About's King of the Mountains; Cousin'sSecret History
of the French Court, (1859); Pascal's Lettres Provinciales (Provincial
Letters); Gasparin's Uprising of a Great People, (1861), America Before
Europe, (1861); Laboulaye's Paris in America, (1865); Cochin's Results
of Emancipation, (1862), and Results of Slavery, (1862). She also wrote
a comprehensive History of New York, (1861, revised 1880).
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A Home To Harper's Bazaar Editor
permission from The Northport Journal (C) 2004 Long Islander Newspapers
Long Island, Northport Journal, July 29, 2004
it comes to influential figures in 19th century publishing, Long
Island can point with pride to several individuals, well known and not
so well known. Huntington has its
Walt Whitman. Roslyn has its William Cullen Bryant. Less well
known, however, is the fact that the founding editor of Harper's Bazar
a Long Islander. And a woman. Mary L. Booth was one of the most
prominent journalists of 19th century America, from the time she took
the helm of
that publication in 1867 until her death 22 years later.
Louise Booth, born April 19, 1831 in Yaphank, when it was called
Millville, was the daughter of a school principal who encouraged her
education in many subjects, including foreign languages (she was fluent
in seven languages).
was born in a small story-and-a-half house on the north side of the
road running east from the post office, a house which is still standing
and is the subject of a multi-year restoration effort by the local
historically minded residents of the Yaphank area.
father, William Booth, was the village miller and schoolteacher,
and a direct descendant of the first Booth who came to Southold in
Her mother was a daughter of a refugee of the French Revolution. Her
had a small woolen mill and dye house, which he operated in Yaphank,
also was schoolteacher during the winter months when he taught the few
children of the village in a small building. Mary Booth received her
early education in Yaphank and when she was 14 years old her family
moved to Williamsburgh, where her father opened a school and she
assisted him in teaching.
the age of 14 she was teaching in her father's school in Brooklyn,
and was a New York Times reporter for a time before becoming a
French and other languages.
her most important contributions in that area was the translation
of works by Blaise Pascal, Victor Cousin, and Count Agenor de Gasparin.
She also wrote what was to become recognized as the first history of
city of New York.
translation also came in handy for her as she pursued her interest
in social issues. An outspoken opponent of slavery, with the outbreak
of the Civil War she began a series of translations of French writers
of that day who favored the Union cause.
the late 1860s Booth's reputation was so high that she was invited
become editor of the new publication Harper's Bazar (later Bazaar) in
1867, and it is said that under her direction the publication became an
L. Booth never married – it is said that she fell deeply in love
with a young man who was son of a whale ship captain. He sailed for the
Arctic when his ship and all on board were lost, prompting her to
devote her life to journalism. But over the years of her life – Booth
lived to the age of 58, dying in 1889 – she knew everyone who was
anyone. President Lincoln,
Georges Sand, Winslow Homer, Oliver Wendell Holmes. As the founding
of Harper's Bazar, she performed a great service to suffrage, according
her friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton, by 'showing that a woman can...hold
years a place at the head of a profession so difficult and so arduous.'
her achievements? Mary Booth published Louisa May Alcott and
Wilkie Collins. At her Manhattan home, she hosted legendary Saturday
night salons. And she continued in support of suffrage, serving as
secretary of the Women's Rights Congress at Seneca Falls in 1855.
birthplace of Mary Louise Booth on Main Street in Yaphank has been
donated by a local family to Suffolk County Historic Services, and is
being restored in conjunction with the Yaphank Historical Society as a
period house museum. Plans are for it to be opened to the public as the
next addition to the
historic district undergoing restoration at the intersection of Main
and Yaphank Avenue.
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