Blanche Ames Ames

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Blanche Ames Ames (1878–1969) was an artist, political activist, 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[1] and the sister of Adelbert Ames Jr..

A Smith College alumna,[2] she married Harvard University botany professor Oakes Ames (no relation) in 1900 and took the married name Blanche Ames Ames. The Ameses had four children: Pauline (born 1901), Oliver (born 1903), Amyas (born 1906), and Evelyn (born 1910).[1] Among several grandchildren was George Ames Plimpton, famed sportswriter.[2]

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


  1. ^ a b Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, "Blanche Ames Ames" (last visited 2010/05/04.
  2. ^ a b Summary, Ames Family Papers, 1812-2008, Sophia Smith Collection, Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections.

Further reading[edit]

  • My Dear Mrs. Ames: A Study of the Life of Suffragist, Cartoonist and Birth Control Reformer, Blanche Ames Ames, 1878-1969 by Anne Biller Clark (1996)
  • Sheppard, Alice (1994). Cartooning for Suffrage. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0826314589.

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