August 23: Nathaniel Harrison Harris, Confederate general from Mississippi, died on this date in 1900.
August 22: On this date in 1778, James Kirke Paulding, who coined the tongue-twister “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” was born.
August 21: Mary Johnson, who lived in slavery in Virginia, then upon her emancipation worked for years as a beloved servant for the Brown family, was interred in the Brown Lot on this date in 1879.
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August 20: On this date in 1876, Frances Flora Bond Palmer, the only woman artist who worked for lithographers Nathaniel Currier and James Ives, and whose art hung in more American homes than any other artist, died.
August 19: Robert Troup, who roomed with Alexander Hamilton at Kings College, was captured at the Battle of Brooklyn, and served as an aide to General Horatio Gates, was born on this date in 1757.
August 18: On this date in 1920, the efforts of suffragists Louisine Havemeyer, Harriet Laidlaw, Clemence Lozier, and others, culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
August 17: Frederick Thomas Locke, who was brevetted brigadier general for his actions at the Battle of Five Forks during the Civil War, and worked as a plumbing contractor after the war, was born on this date in 1826.
August 16: Nehemiah Cleaveland, Green-Wood’s first historian, was born on this date in 1796 and died on April 17, 1877, one day before the anniversary of the cemetery’s founding.
August 15: The cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, designed by James Renwick, was laid on this date in 1858.