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Jennie McGraw

Born: Sep 14, 1840

Death: Sep 30, 1881

Birthplace: Dryden

Nationality: United States

Jennie McGraw

Date of Birth : Sep 14, 1840
Date of Death : Sep 30, 1881
Birth Place : Dryden

Jennie McGraw was the daughter of John McGraw, millionaire philanthropist to Cornell. After her father's death in 1877, McGraw inherited his large fortune. She spent some of the money to build a new house, which was purchased by the Chi Psi fraternity, although a massive fire destroyed the mansion in 1906. In Berlin in 1880, she married Daniel Willard Fiske, Cornell University's first librarian and renowned scholar. A lifelong sufferer of ill health, McGraw was suffering from tuberculosis and died shortly after their wedding. She was interred in Sage Chapel.


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