Journalist, Philanthropist

AmericanBorn Mary Marvin BRECKINRIDGE

American photojournalist, cinematographer, and philanthropist

Born on October 2, 1905 in New York City, New York, USA , United States

Died on December 11, 2002 in Washington, D.C., USA

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She was born Mary Marvin Breckinridge in New York City, to John C. Breckinridge, of the prominent Kentucky Breckinridge family, and Isabella Goodrich Breckinridge, daughter of B. F. Goodrich. Her great-grandfather, John C. Breckinridge, was Vice President of the United States under James Buchanan, a Confederate general and Confederate Secretary of War. Her godmother and cousin was Isabella Selmes Greenway, Arizona's first Congresswoman.

While a student at Vassar College, she helped found the National Student Federation of America, which was how she made an acquaintance with Edward R. Murrow.
In 1929 she became the first female pilot licensed in Maine.

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