Elizabeth Benton Frémont


Unknown Unknown po0772.2pb.jpg MS-55, Box 1, Folder 2 B&W 1976.0038.0001 po0772.2pb Print 4x4 Photo Collections 1895 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives


Portrait of Elizabeth Benton "Lily" Frémont (b. 1842 - d. 1919), the eldest child of John Charles and Jessie Benton Fremont. She was born in Washington, D.C., on November 15, 1842, in the home of her grandfather, Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Her father had returned only days before her birth from his first successful expedition in the West.

At age 36, she came to Arizona in 1878 when her father was named the 5th Territorial Governor, and she remained the only in-resident family member for the full length of his term, first in Prescott and then in Tucson. Lily ran the Prescott household, performing such first lady duties as "sampling the babies." In the home that now stands on the grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum, Lily lived with the Irish maid, Mary McGrath, and loyal Ah Chung, their Chinese cook, who turned down lucrative employment in Prescott to accompany Lily to Tucson.

The Fremonts went to Los Angeles in the late 1880s where Lily visited with old Prescott friends, the Silents. She died on May 28, 1919.


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