Madame Octavia Walton Le Vert was a 19th century socialite and writer known as the “Pride of Mobile”. She hosted lavish parties at her home for Mobile society, political figures and luminaries from across the nation. She was appointed by the governor as the state’s commissioner to the Paris Exposition in 1855 and gained national success for her travelogue Souvenirs of Travel. She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama