Bertha Honore Potter Palmer (1849–1918), U.S. socialite. As quoted in The Fair Women, ch. 10, by Jeanne Madeline Weimann (1981).
Palmer, President of the Board of Lady Managers for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, was speaking on October 21, 1892, at the fair's dedication ceremony. Columbus had sailed to America 400 years earlier—landing on October 12, however, not October 21.