Blanche Ames Ames

Visual Artist

1878 – 1969

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Who was Blanche Ames Ames?

Blanche Ames Ames was an artist, inventor, writer, and prominent supporter of women's suffrage and birth control. Born Blanche Ames in Lowell, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Civil War General and Mississippi Governor Adelbert Ames and Blanche Butler Ames and the sister of Adelbert Ames Jr..

A Smith College alumna, she married Harvard University botany professor Oakes Ames in 1900 and took the married name Blanche Ames Ames. The Ameses had four children: Pauline, Oliver, Amyas, and Evelyn. Among several grandchildren was George Ames Plimpton, famed sportswriter.

Their estate in North Easton, Massachusetts, called Borderland, is now Borderland State Park.

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Born
1878
Lowell
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Education
  • Smith College
Died
1969

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on July 23, 2013

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