Bertha Honore Palmer, arts patron and fighter for human rights, always encouraged a right-minded cause. She was ""a pace setter for her generation...and her regular charitable outlay was estimated at (more than) $50,000 a year"". She could well afford it, of course, as she was married to Potter Palmer, founder of Palmer House and one of Chicago's first and most astute businessmen and real estate developers. But with all her wealth, luxury, and social prominence, Bertha Palmer was a sensible and diligent soul, devoted to her family and to the worthy philanthropies she worked for. She enjoyed the bustling life in growing Chicago. She was known as an upstanding helpmate for her husband, and her political intuition and business acumen were often exerted in conjunction with his. This biography is a generous tribute to a woman whose character could serve as a model for today's busy world.