Isabella Binney Cogswell

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Isabella Binney Cogswell, St. Paul's Church (Halifax)
Isabella Binney Cogswell
Born(1819-07-06)6 July 1819
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died6 December 1874(1874-12-06) (aged 55)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Known forphilanthropy
RelativesHenry Hezekiah Cogswell, father

Isabella Cogswell (6 July 1819 – 6 December 1874) was born in Halifax, a daughter to Henry Hezekiah Cogswell and his wife.

Cogswell showed a business acumen that stood her in good stead in funding her philanthropic activities during her lifetime. A shrewd businesswoman, her business dealings helped fund a variety of causes within her native Nova Scotia. She is commemorated with a plaque in St. Paul's Church (Halifax).


  • "Isabella Binney Cogswell". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.