Margaret Sanger

Sanger in 1922, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division, LC-USZ62-29808, Underwood & Underwood

Birth Name: Margaret Louise Higgins

Date of Birth: September 14, 1879

Place of Birth: Corning, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: September 6, 1966

Place of Death: Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish

Margaret Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, nurse, and writer. She popularized the term “birth control,” as well as opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. She established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

She is the daughter of Anne and Michael Hennessey Higgins, a stonemason/stonecutter, who had been a drummer in the Civil War. Her father was an Irish emigrant, from Galway. Her maternal grandparents were also Irish. Her sister was Progressive Era radical feminist Ethel Byrne. Her niece, Olive Byrne, Ethel’s daughter, lived with psychologist William Moulton Marston and attorney and psychologist Elizabeth Holloway Marston; and at least partially inspired William’s creation Wonder Woman.

Margaret was married to James Noah H. Slee, until his death. She had three children with her former husband, architect and artist William Sanger. William was a German Jewish emigrant, born in Berlin.

Margaret’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph Purcell. Joseph was from Cork.

Margaret’s maternal grandmother was named Johana/Johanna Dugan/Duggin.

Source: Genealogy of Margaret Sanger (focusing on her mother’s side) –

1 Response

  1. bearboy says:

    Thanks follers! Strange I thought I submitted her under Irish as well? Must not have worked

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