Kate Sturm McCall Rotan was born in Mount Vernon, Kentucky, in 1851 before her family moved to Waco the following year. She graduated from Waco Female College in 1865 and taught in East Waco where she met Edward Rotan. The two were married in 1869 and had nine children together. Rotan played an active role in various civic and social organizations. She was the first president of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs and served as a regent for the Henry Downs chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rotan was a member of the Colonial Dames and helped establish the Gainesville State School for Girls and the first public library in Waco. She was president of the Antoinette Rotan Home for elderly women and donated the land for Riverside Drive, which connected downtown Waco with Cameron Park. She died in Waco on October 17, 1931.
More information about Kate Sturm McCall Rotan can be found in the Edward and Kate Sturm McCall Rotan papers at The Texas Collection. This finding aid is currently incomplete. Please e-mail The Texas Collection at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.