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Elizabeth (Bessie) Moorfield Storey, 1882
1871 - 1951; married, 1895, Robert Williamson Lovett; parents: Moorfield Storey and Ann Gertrude Cutts; lived at 44 Edge Hill Road, in a house that still stands. .

The family house at 44 Edgehill Road was designed by Robert Peabody, a well-known architect who had been her fatherís college roommate and lived next door. Moorfield Storey was a president of the American Bar Association and the president for most of its existence of the Anti-Imperialist League, an organization founded to oppose the annexation of the Philippines as a colony and to support free trade and the gold standard. Its members included Jane Addams, Andrew Carnegie, Grover Cleveland, Mark Twain, Samuel Gompers, and John Dewey, among many notables. Later, Storey became the first president of the NAACP, a role he served in from 1910 until his death in 1929.

Elizabeth led a womenís organization in support of French recovery after World War I, an effort that earned her induction into the French Legion of Honor. She aided that country again after World War II. (The Boston Globe, covering a 1947 visit to Normandy, described her as "a regal-appearing great-grandmother, whose fragile exterior appears in great contradiction to her drive, energy, and organizing talent".) She was also a leader in the effort to repeal Prohibition and active in many other civic organizations. Her husband, who died in 1924, was a prominent orthopedic surgeon. They purchased 7 Fairfield St., Boston in 1901 and lived there until his death.