Molly Brown was much more than just another wealthy passenger on the Titanic.  Brown was a feminist, activist, actress and a humanitarian.  She ran for U.S. senator for Colorado.  Even though she did not win the election, she proved that she supported the rights of women.  When Brown worked with Judge Ben Lindsey, she was instrumental in helping to create the U.S. juvenile court system that we have in place today.  She also showed that she was a true American patriot when she worked with the Red Cross during World War I.

Brown was not born into high society.  She eventually acquired wealth when gold was found at one of her husband’s mines in 1893.  James Joseph Brown, Molly’s husband, had to work very hard to make his fortune.  It was only through his hard labor that he became an opulent man.

Molly was not only a good mother to her two children, but she also did whatever she could to help those who were less fortunate.  As a member of high society, Molly became fluent in German, French, Italian and Russian.  She also became involved in many charities.

After 23 years of marriage, James and Molly both separated, but they were never officially divorced.  They both maintained a good relationship that kept their family together.  Even after her separation, Brown still continued to support the causes that were close to her heart such as education, women’s suffrage and workers’ rights among many other charities.


When Brown was traveling in Europe, she found out that her grandson was ill.  She boarded the Titanic to get back to the United States and see her grandson.  Like many passengers, she probably thought that a calamity was very unlikely to take place.  After all, so many people believed that the Titanic was the unsinkable ship.

When tragedy struck the Titanic, Brown helped every passenger that she could get into a lifeboat.  After Brown was rescued and boarded the Carpathia, she still continued to help all the survivors.  She even offered them her economic support.  For her heroism, she acquired the nickname, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

What really happened when Brown was on Lifeboat No. 6 still remains a mystery. She wanted to go back and rescue others, but she received resistance from Quartermaster Robert Hichens who was the crewman commanding Lifeboat No. 6.  Hichens believed that it was far too risky to go back.  No one knows if Lifeboat No. 6 ever returned to salvage others.  What we do know is that the Titanic survivors could not rejoice that they were saved knowing that so many were perishing in the Atlantic Ocean.