Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Original Author: Samuel A. Thomas, photographer
Created: ca. 1850
Medium: Cabinet card photograph

Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie, a public speaker, actress, and playwright, sits in profile with elegantly curled hair and a plunging neckline in this cabinet card portrait. The daughter of New York merchant Samuel Ogden, Ritchie grew up among New York’s elite. Her 1845 play, Fashion, was a highly successful satire of New York’s aristocratic society. Shortly after her play’s debut she began a career as a theater actress. She quit the stage after her marriage to William Ritchie in 1854 and served in the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association as vice regent for Virginia from 1858 to 1866.