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Bertha Ethel Knight Landes. Lithographic crayon on paper, 1928, by Hugo Gellert. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.


Landes, Bertha Ethel Knight (19 October 1868–29 November 1943), reformer and mayor, was born in Ware, Massachusetts, the daughter of Charles Sanford Knight, a painter and Union army veteran, and Cordelia Cutter. Her father moved the family to Worcester and entered the real estate business in 1873. While a student at Indiana University, Bertha Knight lived for a time with her sister Jessie and brother-in-law ...