Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach's Inspirational Firebrand

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The last daughter born to Jotham Bixby, the "Father of Long Beach," Fanny Bixby Spencer (1879-1930) carved her own singular and eccentric path across California history. Born to wealth and power, she chose a boldly independent, egalitarian lifestyle in an age when women's lives were largely confined to domesticity. Fanny served with the Long Beach Police Department as America's first policewoman. She was a founder of the city of Costa Mesa in Orange County. Her humanitarian efforts reached across ethnicities and social standing. Yet beyond her civic accomplishments, Fanny was provocative as a poet, artist, pacifist, suffragist, child advocate, foster mother and humanitarian. Marcia Lee Harris captures this fascinating woman's remarkable life, enhanced by Fanny's own poetry and soulful reflections.
ISBN: 9781609498757
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Images: 67
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
"You never know a person until you stand in their shoes and walk about in them." Marcia Lee Harris has walked in Fanny's shoes for more than ten years, as well as researched and collected information on Fanny Bixby. You can find the author portraying Fanny Bixby Spencer at various historic sites.
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