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Elizabeth Thacher

Female 1868 - 1952  (83 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Thacher 
    Born 22 Sep 1868  New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Aug 1952  Marin, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13585  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2018 

    Father Thomas Anthony Thacher,   b. 11 Jan 1815, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1886, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Baldwin Sherman,   b. 27 Oct 1823, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1917, Nordhoff, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 1 Aug 1860  New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F8513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rep. William Kent,   b. 29 Mar 1864, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1928, Kentfield, Marin, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1890  Nordhoff, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Sherman Thatcher Kent,   b. 8 Jan 1894, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1952, Marin, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F8511  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From www.ywcasf-marin.org/marin-womens-hall-fame/honorees/elizabeth-thacher-kent:

      Elizabeth Thacher Kent, a matriarch in the founding family of Kentfield, is one of the few Marin County women to be elected posthumously to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. Kent was a distinguished proponent of women's rights and international peace and was instrumental in securing women's right to vote.

      Kent took up permanent residence in Marin in 1907 and immediately became a vocal activist in support of women's' suffrage. When her husband, William, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Kent leveraged her position as a Congressman's wife to support the national suffrage movement. She was a featured speaker at the 1913 and 1914 conventions of the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and shortly thereafter assumed leadership of their Congressional Committee. By 1915, she helped form the Congressional Union (later re-named the Women's Party), which picketed the White House in support of suffrage. Kent was arrested twice for her suffrage demonstrating. However, her cause prevailed and in August 1920 the Susan B. Anthony Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed guaranteeing American women the right to vote.

      In addition to supporting suffrage, Elizabeth Kent was committed to the cause of world peace. In the 1930's, she provided leadership to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She and her husband were also early supporters of the fledging conservation movement. They donated a large tract of land to the U.S. Government to preserve old-growth redwoods. Their gift, the Muir Woods National Monument, provides a lasting testimony to the Kents' exemplary lives of public service.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1998] Sherman Genealogy Including Families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England: Some Descendants of the Immigrants, Captain John Sherman, Reverend John Sherman, Edmund Sherman and Samuel Sherman, and the Descendants of Honorable Roger Sherman and Honorable Charles R. Sherman by Thomas Townsend Sherman. New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1920.