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Ann Willing Bingham

Born: Aug 1, 1764

Death: May 11, 1801

Nationality: United States

Ann Willing Bingham

Date of Birth : Aug 1, 1764
Date of Death : May 11, 1801

Ann Willing Bingham was an American socialite from Philadelphia, regarded as one of the most beautiful women of her day. She was the eldest daughter of Thomas Willing, president of the First Bank of the United States, the wife of the wealthy William Bingham, mother-in-law of Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton, and correspondent of Thomas Jefferson among others. Her correspondence with Jefferson led to the construct of the Bill of Rights. Through many letters, she convinced Jefferson that the Constitution would not last and the individual citizens would have their rights impeded from the interests of the majority. Jefferson was finally convinced and in turn presented her ideas to James Madison and Madison agreed to the proposal. Madison then proposed the Individual Bill of Rights and Bingham's ideas were adopted by Congress. Bingham was also the model for multiple portraits by painter Gilbert Stuart. Legend has it that Bingham was therefore the model for Lady Liberty on the American "Draped bust" coinage during the first decade of the 19th century, but this has not been proven.


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