in American National Biography Online
January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .
Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Social and Cultural History; Gender and Politics; History of Gender and Sexuality; Diplomatic History; International Relations; Manufacturing; History of Manufacturing and Construction. 1199 words.
Mesta, Perle (12 Oct. 1889 or 1891–16 March 1975), political activist, businesswoman, diplomat, and hostess, was born Pearl Skirvin in Sturgis, Michigan, the daughter of William Balser...