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Elizabeth Sewall Alcott

Born: Jun 24, 1835

Death: Mar 14, 1858

Birthplace: Boston

Nationality: United States

Elizabeth Sewall Alcott

Date of Birth : Jun 24, 1835
Date of Death : Mar 14, 1858
Birth Place : Boston

Elizabeth Sewall "Lizzie" Alcott was one of the two younger sisters of Louisa May Alcott. She was born in 1835 and died at the age of 22. In her semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott represented her sister as Elizabeth. She wrote: Elizabeth — or Beth as everyone called her — was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed. Her father called her ‘Little Tranquillity’ and the name suited her perfectly for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted. In 1856, Lizzie contracted scarlet fever while helping a poor German family. Although she recovered, she was permanently weakened. Her father Bronson was on a tour of the Western United States and had reached as far as Cincinnati when he heard that Lizzie, known to be ill, had taken a turn for the worse. By February 1858, she refused to take medicine and told her father, "I can best be spared of the four." As time went by, she had grown weaker and thinner. On March 14, 1858, Lizzie Alcott had died in her sleep.

Also known as

  • Lizzie
  • Elizabeth Peabody Alcott


  • Amos Bronson Alcott
  • Abby May Alcott
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