Woman of the Century/Bertha Honore Palmer
PALMER, Mrs. Bertha Honore, social leader and president of the ladies' board of managers of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, was born in Louisville, Ky. Her maiden name was Bertha Honors. Her early years were passed in Louisville, where she received a solid education. She afterwards took the course in the convent school in BERTHA HONOR F. PALMER. Georgetown, D. C. Shortly after graduating, in 1871, she became the wife of Potter Palmer, the Chicago millionaire, and since her marriage she has been the recognized leader of fashion in that city. She has shown her literary talent in essays on social subjects, one of which is "Some Tendencies of Modern Luxury." She is an accomplished linguist and musician and a woman of marked business and executive capacity. She is a member of the Fortnightly Club, of Chicago. She was chosen president of the board of lady managers of the exposition of 1893, and she went to Europe in 1891 on a mission in the interest of the exposition. She succeeded in interesting many of the prominent women of Europe in the fair, and much of the success of the woman's department is due to her work. Mrs. Palmer is a till, slight, dark-haired and dark-eyed woman, of decided personal and intellectual charms, and a woman of mark in every way. She is a skillful parliamentarian and a dignified presiding officer. Her home is a marvel of artistic luxury.