Maria Ruiz de Burton was the first female Mexican-American author to write and publish books in English.
She was the granddaughter of the former governor of the Mexican state of Baja California, and scandalously married a high-ranking military officer in 1849, in a time when marriages between Mexican-Americans and white men were rare.
|Full Name||Maria Amparo Maitorena Ruiz de Burton|
|Birth Date||July 3, 1832|
|Death Date||August 12, 1895|
|Country||Mexico / United States|
|Died||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Cause of Death||gastric fever|
|Education||upper class finishing school|
|Mother||Isabel Ruiz Maitorena|
|Spouse||Henry S. Burton|
Ruiz de Burton was a friend of Louisa Hawkins Canby. During the tumultuous time of her scandalous engagement, Canby allowed her and her husband to stay in her home, and they held their wedding ceremony there in 1849.
Peter Hardeman Burnett, who was at the time the Governor of California, protested against Ruiz de Burton's engagement to a white man.
Starting in 1859, Ruiz de Burton began mixing with the elite circle of Union society, after her husband was posted in the northeast. She even became a friend of Mary Todd Lincoln, though she was critical of the government.
How Added - Through her friend Louisa Hawkins Canby.