Joseph Lee

Deceased Person

1862 – 1937

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Who was Joseph Lee?

Joseph Lee was a wealthy Bostonian, who trained as a lawyer but never practiced law, and is considered the "founder of the playground movement." He was the son of Henry Lee, a Boston banker, and Elizabeth Perkins Cabot Lee of Brookline, Massachusetts.

He was a social worker, author, and philanthropist. Lee believed that community life could be strengthened by playgrounds and play.

In 1897, Lee married Margaret Cabot. They had four children. Margaret Cabot Lee died in 1920 and Lee remarried his secretary, Marion Snow, in 1930.

Lee founded the Massachusetts Civic League and served as its President from 1897-1937. He was an active officer in the Immigration Restriction League from 1905 until his death in 1937. He served as president of the National Recreation Association from 1910 until the time of his death. Lee was among the first recipients of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award in 1926.

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Born
Mar 8, 1862
Boston
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard Law School
Died
1937

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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