Margaret Dunne

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Margaret Dunne (Abbott)

Birthplace: Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Death: June 10, 1955 (78)
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Abbott and Mary Ives Abbott
Wife of Finley Peter Dunne
Mother of Finley Peter Dunne, Jr.; Phillip Dunne; David Dunne; Leonard Dunne and Peggy(Margaret) Dunne

Managed by: Ellen Jane Pelz
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About Margaret Dunne

Margaret Ives Abbott, was the daughter of the Chicago Tribune's book reviewer, Mary Ives Abbott, a newspaper woman and novelist who associated with the prominent families of the time in Chicago-the Potter Palmers, the Chatfield-Taylors, etc. She had a sort of literary salon dedicated to encouraging young Chicago writers, among whom was Dunne. Mary's husband had been a merchant in Calcutta before his death. She also had a son, Sprague. Mary Ives Abbott died in 1904.

Margaret Abbott was one of the first women golfers, having begun play in 1897 as a member of the prestigious Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois. She won the first Olympic gold medal for women's golf at the second Olympiad in Paris in 1900—thus becoming the first American woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal. That same summer, she also won the women's golf championship of France. Her mother, Mary Abbott, also played in the Olympics that summer, finishing in a tie for 7th place. Marda, as Margaret was known to her family, later said that the other women, "apparently misunderstood the nature of the game scheduled for the day and turned up to play in high heels and tight skirts."

On December 10, 1902, Margaret Ives Abbott was married to Dunne at her mother's home in New York. She continued to play golf while she and Dunne were raising their four children, Finley Peter Dunne, Jr., screenwriter/director Philip Dunne, and twins Peggy and Leonard. She died in 1955.

She was the first American woman to take first place in an Olympic event; she won the women's golf tournament, consisting of nine holes, with a score of 47 at the 1900 Paris games. These games were apparently so poorly organized that many competitors, including Abbott, did not realize that the events they entered were part of the Olympics. Historical research did not establish that the game was on the Olympic program until after her death, so she herself never knew it.[2] Abbott had traveled to Paris to study art under Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin. Her mother, Mary Perkins Ives Abbot (a novelist and Chicago Tribune book reviewer), also competed in the event, finishing tied for seventh, making it the first (and still only) Olympic event in which a mother and daughter competed at the same time.[3]

Born in Calcutta, India in 1876, in 1902, Abbott married writer Finley Peter Dunne.

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Margaret Dunne's Timeline

June 15, 1876
Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
December 28, 1895
February 11, 1908
New York, New York, United States
June 10, 1955
Age 78
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States