Anna Cora Ogden was born in Bordeaux, France, March 5, 1819. She was the tenth of fourteen children. Her father was Samuel Gouveneur Ogden (1779–1860), an American merchant, and her mother was Eliza Lewis Ogden (1785–1836). Anna was an author, playwright, public reader, and actress. Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie died in Twickenham, England, on July 21, 1870.