Kent, Elizabeth Thacher, 1868-1952

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Elizabeth Thacher Kent (b. Sept. 22, 1868–d. Aug. 14, 1952) was an environmentalist and women's rights activist. Born Elizabeth Sherman Thacher, she was the daughter of Thomas Anthony Thacher. Her brother was Sherman Day Thacher and she was a descendant of Founding Father Roger Sherman. She married William Kent in 1890 and relocated to California. Together she had seven children, including professor Sherman Kent, politician Roger Kent, and artist Adaline Kent.

The Kents purchased 611 acres of land and donated 295 acres to the federal government, which later became Muir Woods; Elizabeth and John Muir were good friends. The Kents moved to Washington, DC, 1911 when William was elected to Congress. There, she became involved in the Woman's Suffrage movement and was arrested in 1917 for picketing the White House. Later, she became the president of the Marin County chapter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

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referencedIn William Kent family papers, 1768–1961 Yale University Library
referencedIn Martin, Anne, 1875-1951. Portraits of women suffragists from the Anne Henrietta Martin papers [graphic]. Bancroft Library
referencedIn Sherman Kent papers, 1763-1991, 1918-1986 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Anne T. Kent California Room Collection, c.1875-Present, 1885-Present Marin County Free Library
referencedIn William Kent family papers, 1768-1961 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers of Doris Stevens, 1884-1983 (inclusive), 1920-1960 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith Anne T. Kent California Room corporateBody
correspondedWith Doris Stevens person
parentOf Kent, Adaline Dutton, 1900-1957 person
parentOf Kent, Roger, 1906-1980 person
parentOf Kent, Sherman, 1903- person
spouseOf Kent, William, 1864-1928. person
associatedWith Marin County Free Library corporateBody
associatedWith Martin, Anne, 1875-1951. person
associatedWith Muir, John, 1838-1914 person
descendantOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793 person
sibling of Thacher, Sherman Day, 1861-1931 person
childOf Thacher, Thomas Anthony, 1815-1886 person
memberOf Women's International League for Peace and Freedom corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
California CA US
Environmental Activism
Women's Rights Advocates
Women's rights activists


Birth 1868-09-22

Death 1952-08-14

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