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Who was Jane Addams husband?

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February 26, 2009 4:12AM

Jane Addams did not have a husband. Her life partner was a woman by the name of Mary Rozet Smith. In letters, Jane described herself and Mary as married to each other. The pair met in 1890 and eventually bought a home together in Bar Harbor, Maine. During their relationship, Mary performed all the usual functions of a traditional wife for Jane, and they did not part until Mary's death in 1933. Before Jane died she burned many of her letters from Mary, therefore the exact nature of their companionship is unknown.