Josephine Moore (1846-1937)

Mrs Josephine (Moore) Dexter

Associated Houses

Dexter House


Château de Prangins

Prangins, near Geneva

She came from a well-to-do farming family and was a teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts, before her marriage. In 1866, she married Wirt Dexter, of Chicago. They had two children, including the pioneer of women's rights, Katharine. Six years after her husband's death in 1890, she bought a house in Boston's Back Bay and returned there with her two children. In 1900, she built 393 Commonwealth on land purchased from the estate of Abbott Lawrence Jr. and lived there with her daughter. She was a member of the exclusive Jekyll Island Club and in 1929 purchased the Chateau de Prangins outside of Geneva, Switzerland, primarily for her daughter's use. The chateau was the home of the ex-King of Spain etc., Joseph-Napoleon Bonaparte, who built Point Breeze in New Jersey. Mrs Josephine Dexter died at 393 Commonwealth, Boston.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 04/09/2020 and last updated on 05/09/2020.