Emily Eaton Hepburn

Emily Heaton Hepburn
Emily Heaton Hepburn

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Notable Facts

Helped develop Beekman Hill district, the American Woman's Association, the Pan-Hellenic House (Beekman Tower Hotel) in NYC.

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Historical Significance

Emily Eaton born in Middlesex, VT September 7, 1865. As a girl, her family moved to Montpelier, so Emily would access to a better education. She later studied at St. Lawrence University. She married A. Barton Hepburn (who was nineteen years older than her) on July 14, 1887, and they settled in New York City. A. Barton Hepburn was a banker, lawyer and philanthropist. He died in 1922.

Emily Eaton worked for civil service reform and women's suffrage. She headed the City History Club of NYC for many years and worked toward the restoration of Theodore Roosevelt's New York home. She played an important role in the development of the Beekman hill district, as well as in the building of the American Woman's Association, a high-rise hotel-clubhouse for working women, at 353 West 57th Street. Beginning in 1926, she began fundraising for the building of the Pan-Hellenic House for sorority women. The project was renamed the Beekman Tower Hotel in the early 1930's.

She had a life-long interest in botany (and at some point in her life she began a master's program in botany), and used her money and skills to aid the New York Botanical Garden. She also aided the New York Zoological Society and the American Museum of Natural History, and was a long-term trustee of St. Lawrence University. Emily Heaton Hepburn died on August 14th, 1956.

Organizations or Movements

  • St. Lawrence University
  • City History Club of NYC
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York Zoological Society
  • American Museum of Natural History


  • Philanthropist
  • historic preservationist


  • College: St. Lawrence University

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