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She forgave easily and hated no one. She was good natured, easygoing, tolerant, understanding and of a happy disposition.

She had a republican spirit and a kind heart.

She was sociable by nature.

She made many friends.

She took pleasure in her work.

She loved the arts.

A modest remembrance for one of the most accomplished women of all time.

• Sandra McElwaine is a Washington correspondent for the Daily Beast.