Sedgwick was born in Santa Barbara, California. the daughter of Francis Minturn Sedgwick, a sculptor and gentleman rancher, and Alice Delano de Forest, daughter of Henry Wheeler de Forest (President of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and direct descendant of Jesse de Forest whose Dutch West India Company settled New Amsterdam). Edith was named after her father’s sister, Edith Minturn Sedgwick, who died at birth. Her paternal grandfather was Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, a historian and author. Sedgwick’s family has been long established in Massachusetts history, with members frequently painted by the artist John Singer Sargent. Her third-great grandfather, William Ellery, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Another third-great grandfather, Judge Theodore Sedgwick, was the first to plead and win a case for freedom of a slave woman under the Massachusetts Bill of Rights that declared all men to be born free and equal.
Sedgwick was troubled, eccentric, and seriously blighted… read more