Edythe Patten Corbin was one of five Patten sisters who were social leaders in Washington, D.C. in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The daughter of a mine owner, Edythe was educated in the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Paris. She made her debut in the family mansion on Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. That home was built in 1885. In 1900, the Patten teas became an institution in Washington social life, and Theodore Roosevelt and other leaders in a variety of fields regularly attended. Edythe married General Henry C. Corbin, who died in 1909. Among the sisters Edythe, Josephine, Helen, Mary, and Augusta, Edythe was the last to die. Edythe Patten Corbin died on April 27, 1959.
[Source: Newspaper obituary 4/28/1959: preserved in curatorial file.]