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Josephine Shaw Lowell
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Birth: Dec. 16, 1843
West Roxbury
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1905
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

She was the daughter of Francis George Shaw and Sarah Blake Sturgis who were Unitarian philanthropists and intellectuals. They lived in France and Italy, later settling on Staten Island.

The Boston Journal Friday, October 13, 1905
Mrs. Josephine S. Lowell Dies In New York Home
New York, October 12. Mrs. Josephine Shaw Lowell died at noon today at her home, 43 East Sixty-fourth Street, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Lowell, up to a short time before her death, was still very active in philanthropic work, something she has been greatly interested in for many years. She was one of the founders of the Charity Organization Society. Her work attracted the attention of Samuel J. Tilden when he was governor in 1876 and he appointed Mrs. Lowell one of the three commissioners constituting the State Board of Charities.

Mrs. Lowell was born in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, December 16, 1843. Her father was Francis George Shaw, descended from Samuel Shaw, the Boston merchant of revolutionary times and son of Robert Gould Shaw, who founded the Shaw Fund for Mariners’ Children. The daughter went to school in Boston and this city and then studied in Europe. When but a young girl she traveled extensively and mastered several languages.

In 1863 she was married on Staten Island, where her father then lived, to Charles Russell Lowell, a nephew of James Russell Lowell.

Lowell was prominent in the Civil War, was made a Brigadier General and was killed in the Battle of Cedar Creek. Mrs. Shaw published a number of books on charitable and labor topics.

The Lexington Herald
Sunday, October 29, 1905
Lexington, Kentucky
A Public Loss
The death of Mrs. Josephine Shaw Lowell of New York City has called forth words of appreciation from publications of all kinds. She was the sister of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the wife of General Charles Russell Lowell, the sister-in-law of James Jackson Lowell, all of whom were killed in battle during the Civil War. They were the three young men of whom Lowell spoke in the Bigelow papers:
Who ventured life an’ love an’ youth
For the great prize o’ death in battle.


Mrs. Lowell was the leader in the formation of the Charity Organization Society of New York. She first succeeded in placing matrons in the police stations of New York and did much to bring about a proper separation of men and women in prisons. She served from 1876 to 1889 on the New York State Board of Charities, being for years the only woman on the board. She aided in the social settlement movement, in the fight for civil service reform, in the effort for better city government in New York; she took part in the founding of the Woman’s Municipal League in New York and was always an emphatic advocate of equal suffrage for women, as all women must become who labor intelligently for the good of the community in which they live and see harmful effects of unequal laws and the exclusion of one sex from any part in the community life.

Charities says of Mrs. Lowell: This is not the time to attempt a catalogue of Mrs. Lowell’s actual achievements. Her monument is built in the constitution and statutes of new York and other States, in charitable and reformatory institutions which except for her would not have been established, in the successful fight for the merit system in the public service, in an impress on the labor movement, on the social settlements, on the new ideals of independence in municipal affairs.

The Baltimore American
Saturday, October 14, 1905
Josephine Shaw Lowell Dead
New York, October 18. Mrs. Josephine Shaw Lowell, universal suffragist and philanthropist, died yesterday at her home, in this city, after a brief illness. Mrs. Lowell was a sister of Colonel Shaw, commander of the first Negro regiment mustered into the Union Army in the Civil War. Mrs. George William Curtis and Mrs. Robert Minturn were sisters. She was the widow of General Charles Russell Lowell. She took an active part in municipal politics, particularly in 1894 and 1901 and was an enthusiastic advocate of civil service reform. Mrs. Lowell also labored effectively in the cause of prison reforms. 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis George Shaw (1809 - 1882)
  Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw (1815 - 1882)
 
 Spouse:
  Charles Russell Lowell (1835 - 1864)
 
 Children:
  Carlotta Russell Lowell (1864 - 1924)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anna Shaw Curtis (1836 - 1923)*
  Robert Gould Shaw (1837 - 1863)*
  Sarah Susannah Shaw Minturn (1839 - 1926)*
  Josephine Shaw Lowell (1843 - 1905)
  Ellen Shaw Barlow (1845 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 27, 2009
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