Margaret “Peggy” Shippen came from a family that boasted two mayors of Philadelphia as well as the founder of the borough of Shippensburg.
Peggy married General Benedict Arnold (newly appointed military governor of Philadelphia) in 1779—she was 18; he was 37—and he embarked on a series of business deals that eventually resulted in a court martial for corruption.
He resigned his command in great bitterness in 1780.
Peggy, meantime, had been corresponding with a former suitor, Major John Andre, who had become a spy for the British.
Grace Kelly, 1929-1982 Her fairy-tale story convinced millions of American girls that they, too, could grow up to be princesses.
The daughter of a Philadelphia bricklayer and crew star who’d been barred from competing at England’s Henley Regatta because he’d performed manual labor, Grace grew up in East Falls before moving to New York City at age 20 to become an actress. delegation to the film festival at Cannes, where she encountered Prince Rainier of Monaco.
She never made another film, devoting herself to raising her three children and philanthropy.
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But something in me just knew he didn’t marry a sister. She was spoiled, revered and angelic, while the Black slave woman was overworked, beaten, raped and farmed out like cattle to be mated. As slavery died for the greater good of America, and the movement for equality sputtered to life, the White woman was on the cover of every American magazine.
Although my guess hit the mark, when my friend told me his wife was indeed Caucasian, I felt my spirit . She was unequivocally the standard of beauty for this country, firmly unattainable to anyone not of her race.