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date: 17 May 2021

Dilling, Elizabethlocked

(19 April 1894–26 May 1966)
  • Glen Jeansonne


Dilling, Elizabeth (19 April 1894–26 May 1966), right-wing activist and anticommunist crusader, was born Elizabeth Kirkpatrick in Chicago, Illinois, to Lafayette Kirkpatrick, a prominent surgeon, and Elizabeth Harding Kirkpatrick. Her father died six weeks after her birth but left the family wealthy. Her mother, a college-educated woman who was active in the theater, later pursued a career in real estate. Although she did not identify herself as a feminist, young Elizabeth grew up in an atmosphere of female accomplishment and often pursued her objectives in defiance of her era’s gender norms. She was educated in private schools and attended but did not graduate from the University of Chicago; she also studied the harp under the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Walfried Singer and the Italian harpist Alberto Salvi. She married Albert Wallwick Dilling, an attorney, in 1918. They had two children....

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