Louis D. Brandeis: An Inspiring Life

Marriage & Family

Louis Brandeis married Alice Goldmark, his second cousin, in 1891. Their old friend, social reformer Elizabeth Glendower Evans, described them as “[l]ong married lovers” who did everything together. 1 Alice was a charter member of the Woman’s City Club of Boston and became the Chair of the National Community Center Association after years of advocating for public schools. She also was a charter member of the Massachusetts League for Peace and Freedom. 2 Louis and Alice were generous supporters of a variety of social justice causes.

Their oldest daughter, Susan, born in 1893, was one of the first women to argue in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.3

Their youngest daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1896, served on the Wisconsin governor’s Committee on Migratory Labor and the United States Labor Department’s Advisory Committee on Young Workers. She became a professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin. With her husband, Paul Raushenbush, she also worked on unemployment insurance in Wisconsin. Her work was lauded for its contribution to New Deal legislation. 4

1 Evans, Elizabeth Glendower. “People I Have Known: Alice Goldmark Brandeis.” Springfield Daily Republican 11 Nov. 1931.

2 Medoff, Rafael. “Alice Goldmark Brandeis.” Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 1 March 2009. Jewish Women’s Archive. jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/brandeis-alice-goldmark.

3 Jewish Women’s Archive. “Susan Brandeis Gilbert.” jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/gilbert-susan-brandeis.

4 Butler, Amy. “Elizabeth Brandeis Raushenbush.” Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 20 March 2009. Jewish Women’s Archive. jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/raushenbush-elizabeth-brandeis.