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freelance/self-employed writer

Margaret Hope Bacon, American freelance/self-employed writer. Recipient Human Relations award City of Philadelphia, 1980, Annual Women's History award, 1995; fellow Haveford College, 1998.


Bacon, Margaret Hope was born on April 7, 1921 in New York City. Daughter of Norman Disraeli and Myrtle Hope Borchardt.


Bachelor, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1943. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Swarthmore College, 1981.


She is primarily known for her biographies and works involving Quaker women’s history and the abolitionist movement. Her most famous book is her biography of Lucretia Mott, Valiant Friend, published in 1980. Mrs. Bacon spent her early childhood in New York City and moved to Florida as an adolescent.

Mrs. Bacon authored biographies of both Mott and Purvis. A long time trustee and Vice President of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, she wrote a feature article titled "The Pennsylvania Abolition Society's Mission for Black Education" for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's November 2005 newsletter. Bacon died at her home at Crosslands in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on February 24, 2011.


  • City of Philadelphia Human Rights award, 1976Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Swarthmore College, 1981City of Philadelphia Citation for Contributions to Women’s History, 1987.



Founder, board directors Women's Way, Philadelphia, 1975-1982. Vice president Pennsylvania Abolition Society, since 1975. Member history committee Mayor's Commission Women, Philadelphia, 1978-1982.

Member Friends History Association (president 1989-1992), Library. Associates Swarthmore College.


  • Other Interests

    Birding, tennis, hiking, skiing, travel.


Married S. Allen Bacon. Children: Margaret Scattergood, Elizabeth Hope Caesar, Peter Farquhar.

Norman Disraeli

Myrtle Hope Borchardt

S. Allen Bacon

Margaret Scattergood Bacon

Elizabeth Hope Caesar Bacon

Peter Farquhar Bacon