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“Frances Anne (Fanny) Kemble came to America from London in 1832 with her father, Charles Kemble. They were of the third and fourth generations of the famous Kemble theatrical family. The Kembles toured the eastern seaboard, acting together, and it was in Philadelphia that Pierce Butler was introduced to Fanny. They were married in Christ Church on June 7, 1834, and lived at “Butler Place,” an estate adjacent to what is now La Salle’s northeastern border. The marriage was unhappy from the start and ended in divorce, in large part because Fanny soon discovered that Pierce’s fortune was built upon his co-ownership of a Georgia plantation maintained by nearly 1,000 slaves.” --Frances Kemble Wister

Image in: Portrait Gallery of Eminent Men and Women of Europe and America Artist: Alonso Chappal 1824-1887 Publisher Johnson, Wilson and Co. NY.