Hammond, Hilda Phelps. | Tulane University Special Collections
Name: Hammond, Hilda Phelps.
Historical Note: Hilda Phelps Hammond (1890-1951) was an activist, author, and civic leader in New Orleans. Her father was Ashton Phelps, who was in the cotton business and president of the Times-Democrat, which later became the Times-Picayune. Hammond married Arthur Browne Hammond in New Orleans in 1917. They had four children, Arthur Hammond, Jr., Blanche Hammond (Mrs. Nauman Scott), Lillian Hammond (Mrs. J. Robert Waterhouse), and John Phelps Hammond. Hammond was chairwoman of the Louisiana Women's Committee (established in 1933). She fought for years to force the Senate to investigate charges of corruption and election fraud against Senators Huey P. Long and John Overton. She wrote Let Freedom Ring in 1936 and Pierre and Nanette in Old New Orleans in 1946, as well as other short stories. She was president of Newcomb's 1909 senior class and a friend of Martha Robinson and Natalie Scott.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection 705
Note Author: LAC Group