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A Patriotic Service: Sarah Pell’s Enduring Legacy

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This article originally appeared on the Fort Ticonderoga website.

A charmingly aggressive woman, Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell (1878-1939) was raised to see public service as a birthright, but one she would need to fight to achieve. She could not follow in her father Robert Means Thompson’s (1849-1930) footsteps as a Naval Academy graduate and prominent businessman, nor could she step into the arena as a candidate for elected office like her grandfather, Rhode Island Governor William Channing Gibbs (1787-1871). Instead, Sarah devoted her life to advancing the rights of women through historic preservation and political action. Read more...