Wise, Louise Waterman Edit


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  • 1874-07-17 – 1947-12-10 (Existence)

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  • Wise, Louise Waterman

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  • Biography/Historical Note

    Philanthropist and charity worker Louise Waterman Wise was likely the first American Jewish Woman to be awarded the Order of the British Empire, the equivalent of a knighthood. Born on July 17, 1874, in New York City, Louise Waterman was the daughter of Julius and Justine (Meyer) Waterman, wealthy aristocrats of German Jewish origin.During the 1920s, Wise studied painting and translated several French works on religion and Zionism into English. Wise was an ardent Zionist for all of her adult life. Wise died on December 10, 1947, of pneumonia at her home in New York City