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Elizabeth McCarthy

Portia Law School, 1923

1908 Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy in her office. Courtesy of The Boston Public Library,
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At a time when women’s choices were limited, Elizabeth McCarthy not only graduated from Vassar College and Portia Law School, but gained renown as one of the nation’s leading handwriting experts. For more than 30 years, McCarthy testified in high-profile cases including a Kennedy assassination investigation and the Alger Hiss case. Ironically, while investigating Boston mayoral nomination papers in 1967, she discovered her own name, neatly forged.

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