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Wood, Edith Elmer (24 September 1871–29 April 1945), public health activist and housing reformer, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the daughter of Horace Elmer, a naval officer, and Adele Wiley. As part of a military family, she lived around the United States and the world. She graduated from Smith College in 1890 and worked at the College Settlement in New York City. She married Albert Norton Wood, a naval officer, in 1893; they had four children. Before becoming involved in housing reform, Wood wrote fiction and travel books....