Anderson, Elizabeth Garrett (1836-1917)

Anderson, Elizabeth Garrett, M.D., was born in London in 1836, and brought up at Alde-burgh, Suffolk. In 1860 she entered on the study of medicine; owing to opposition to the admission of women, she had difficulty in qualifying, but in 1865 passed the Apothecaries' Hall examination. In 1870 she was made a visiting physician to the East London Hospital, and headed the poll for the London School Board; and the university of Paris gave her the degree of M. D. Marrying (1871) J. G. S. Anderson (died 1907), she practised regularly as a physician for women and children ; and she became a director and lecturer at several educational institutes for women. A sister of Mrs Fawcett, she was elected mayor of Aldeburgh in 1908—the first woman mayor in England. She died Dec. 17, 1917. Her daughter Louisa (b. 1873), C.B.E. (1917), organised hospitals in France.
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 29.

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