Margaret Abbott was a golfer who competed for the United States. She competed at the 1900 Summer Olympic Games. She passed away on 10 June 1955, days before her 79th birthday. She was the first American woman to become an Olympic champion, and the second American in total.
Her mother Mary Abbott competed in the same competition, finishing seventh. It has been the only time ever, that a mother and a daughter competed in the same event at the same Olympics.
At the time, both mother and daughter were not aware that they were participating at the Olympic Games, as it was unclear if the golf tournament was included in the celebration. Only years later did it become clear that Abbott would be recorded in the history books as the first female American champion at the Olympic Games.