1857 – Born on October 30th in San Francisco, California. American novelist, noted as an author of fictional biography and history.
1876 – Married to George H. Bowen Atherton on February 14th.
1887 – She began writing during an unhappy marriage, and after becoming a widow, she continued professionally.
1902 – Her 56 books include melodramatic historical and society novels, works set in old California, such as ‘The Splendid Idle Fortie’s, and innovative fictionalized biographies of Alexander Hamilton like ‘The Conqueror’ and others.
1907 – She wrote a series of historical novels about California, which include The Californians, Rezánov, and The Ancestors.
1923 – Many of her novels depict strong-willed women, and her Black Oxen promoted the possibility of rejuvenation through a medical operation.
1948 – Died on June 14th in San Francisco, California.