Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870

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Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie was an author and actress. For biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (1971).

From the description of Papers, 1834-1939 (inclusive), 1834-1868 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007275

Author and actress.

From the description of Letter of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, 1856. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449550

American writer and actress.

From the description of Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, 1842-1865. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 51846074

Anna Cora Ogden was born September 12, 1819, to Samuel Gouveneur Ogden and Eliza Lewis Ogden. The ninth of fourteen children, she read from an early age and often wrote poetry and staged plays with her siblings. In 1834, she eloped at the age of fifteen with James Mowatt, a young New York lawyer. They traveled abroad in Europe for several years, returning to New York in 1840. In 1841, when James Mowatt lost his investments and his sight was impaired by illness, Anna Cora turned to her talent for dramatic readings to earn an income for her family, which included three adopted children. She also published articles, novels, and plays. Her first major play, Fashion, or, Life in New York, a satirical comedy about high-society New York, is considered one of the foundational works of early American drama. In 1845, she made her debut as an actress, performing in several leading roles and touring the United States and Europe until 1854.

After James Mowatt's death in 1851, she remarried in 1853 to William Foushee Ritchie, the editor of the Richmond Examiner . Living in Richmond, Virginia, Anna Cora took a leading role in the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association's efforts to purchase and restore the home of George Washington. In 1860, she separated from her husband and spent most of the next decade in Europe. Anna Cora Ritchie died in England in 1870.

From the guide to the Anna Cora Ritchie collection, Ritchie, Anna Cora, 1856-1860, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Letter : Richmond, Va., to Edward Terhane, 1858. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Emeline Clark Roche Collection, 1815-1988 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, June 2, 1842 Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Letter to Mrs. Wellford, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Letter, 1858, June 2, Richmond, to Henry L. Randall. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Fashion, or Life in New York / by Anna Cora Mowatt ; a production book compiled by Robert S. Cohen. Yale University Library
referencedIn Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, December 30, 1858 and n.d. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
creatorOf Smith, Elizabeth Oakes Prince, 1806-1893. Papers of Elizabeth Oakes Prince Smith [manuscript], 1823-1894. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879,. Autograph collection of Davis R. Marshall, 1801-1868. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Letter of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, 1856. Library of Congress
creatorOf Anna Cora Ritchie collection, Ritchie, Anna Cora, 1856-1860 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1873. J. R. Thompson's account of Poe as given to Mrs. Ritchie & by her relative to Mrs. [Julia D.] Freeman : essay(fragment), [after 1849]. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, 1842-1860 Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
referencedIn Hawkins, Oliva A.,. Collection of Virginiana, 1770-1877. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Letter : n.p., to unknown person, n.p., [not after 1870]. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Lander, F. W. (Frederick West), 1821-1862. Papers of F. W. Lander, 1836-1894 (bulk 1849-1862). Library of Congress
referencedIn Cheever, Tracy Patch, 1824-1881. Journal, 1851-1855. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Aspinwall, Thomas, 1786-1876,. American and English literary and historical papers collected by Atcheson L. Hench [manuscript] 1782-1966. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cranefield, Paul F. (Paul Frederic), 1925-. Paul Cranefield papers, 1824-2002 (bulk 1951-200) New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stephens, Ann S. (Ann Sophia), 1813-1886. Collection: 1836-1884. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Clifford Smyth papers and Anna Cora Mowatt collection, 1823-1931 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CLII (ff. 1128). Jan.-Feb. 1849. (1) 'Le Tableau Parlant', by L. Anseaume (see also 42902, art. 9). French. Printed (1816). ff. 2-20b. (2) 'La Double Échelle', by F. A. E. de Planard. French. Printed (n.d.). ff. 21-28b.... British Library
creatorOf Smyth, Clifford, b. 1866. Clifford Smyth papers and Anna Cora Mowatt collection, 1823-1931. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, February 11, 1856 Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
referencedIn Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, December 15, 1857 and November 15, 1865 Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
creatorOf Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879,. Autograph collection of Davis R. Marshall [manuscript], 1801-1868. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Papers, 1834-1939 (inclusive), 1834-1868 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn John Lawrence Toole autograph collection, 1750-1903 and undated. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Letter : Richmond, Va., to Edward Terhane, 1858. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Hawthorne family. Hawthorne family papers, 1825-1929. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Alden, Timothy, 1736-1828. American and English literary and historical papers collected by Atcheson L. Hench [manuscript] 1753-1952. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870,. Autograph letter signed from Anna Cora Ritchie, Astoria, to Mrs. Haxall [manuscript], 1859 October 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn George William Curtis additional correspondence, 1844-1891. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. Yesterdays with authors, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870. Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, 1842-1865. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ritchie family. Ritchie-Harrison papers, 1807-1938, 1830-1870. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Papers of Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, February 1851 Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CLX (ff. 1061). Jan.-Feb. 1850. (1) 'The Valley of Tears', Act 2 (Act 1 forms 43031, art. 14). ff. 2-20. (2) 'The Oldest Inhabitant', by M. Lemon. Autograph. ff. 21-98. (3) 'Fashion or Life in New York', by Anna C. Mowa... British Library
creatorOf Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. Correspondence in the Griswold Collection, Boston Public Library [manuscript] 1829-1849. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Paul Cranefield papers, 1824-2002, 1951-200 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Sarah Helen Whitman papers, Whitman (Sarah Helen) papers, 1816-1878, 1816-1878 Brown University Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Papers of Anna Cora Odgen Mowatt Ritchie, 1850 Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
creatorOf Stephens, Ann S. (Ann Sophia), 1810-1886. Papers of Ann S. Stephens [manuscript], 1836-1884. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Bartholomew, C. F. person
associatedWith Bartholomew, Mrs., fl. 1860, person
associatedWith Bruce, William H. person
associatedWith Butler-Gunsaulus Collection (University of Chicago. Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Campbell, Mr, person
associatedWith Cheever, Tracy Patch, 1824-1881. person
associatedWith Cohen, Robert Stephen. person
associatedWith Cranefield, Paul F. (Paul Frederic), 1925- person
associatedWith Crawford, Thomas, 1813 or 14-1857. person
correspondedWith Curtis, George William, 1824-1892 person
associatedWith Dawson, Andrew H. H., b. 1819 person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. person
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associatedWith Gray, Robert H. person
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associatedWith Hawkins, Oliva A., corporateBody
associatedWith Hawthorne family. family
correspondedWith Haxall, Mrs., fl. 1859 person
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associatedWith Hedrick, Mattie L. person
associatedWith Houghton, Marie Louise Royster Shelton. person
associatedWith Lander, F. W. (Frederick West), 1821-1862. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Lyons, James, 1801-1882 person
associatedWith Methua, J. Guido (John Guido) person
associatedWith Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Pellet, Susan L., 1808-1893 person
associatedWith Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. person
associatedWith Randall, Henry L., person
associatedWith Richings, Caroline Mary, 1827-1884 person
associatedWith Ritchie family. family
associatedWith Ritchie, William Foushee, b. 1813. person
associatedWith Rives, Judith Page Walker, 1802-1882 person
associatedWith Roche, Emeline Clark, 1902-1995 person
associatedWith Rogers, Randolph, 1825-1892. person
associatedWith Ruggles, Samuel B. (Samuel Bulkley), 1800-1881 person
associatedWith Sargent, Catharine O., fl. 1846, person
associatedWith Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. person
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associatedWith Sedgwick, Catharine Maria, 1789-1867 person
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associatedWith Smith, Elizabeth Oakes Prince, 1806-1893. person
associatedWith Smith, Julia Gabriella Ogden, fl. 1846-1862. person
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associatedWith Stephens, Ann S. (Ann Sophia), 1813-1886. person
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correspondedWith Toole, John Lawrence, 1830-1906 person
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associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799 person
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associatedWith Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander), 1806-1876. person
associatedWith Wright, Miss, person
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Virginia--Richmond
Mount Vernon (Va.: Estate)
Southern States
Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate)
Brazil
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Prompt-book
oral reading
Women--History--19th century
American Confederate voluntary exiles--History
Immigrants--History--19th century
Children's literature--Moral and ethical aspects
Brigands and robbers
Theater--United States--History--19th century
Lectures and lecturing
Equestrian statues
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Actresses
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Birth 1819

Death 1870

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