The incredible mind and personality of Mabel Hubbard Bell is often overshadowed and unrecognized because of the fame achieved by her world famous husband, Alexander Graham Bell. Yet, upon further study, it becomes very clear that Mabel lived a very full and inspiring life and had her own remarkable qualities and genius. There is no doubt that her wisdom and companionship played an important role in the accomplishments of her famous husband but her own accomplishments must not go unnoticed. Her son in law, Gilbert Grosvenor said it all in the following remark, “Mr. Bell’s fame is secure for all ages but few know the quality and genius of his wife, one of the greatest minds and personalities of the times”.
Mabel’s daughter, Marion Bell Fairchild, remembered her mother as an individual and a free thinker, and remarked that one of her best qualities was that of being a creative listener. She seems to have been a strong willed woman, devoted to her husband, but very persuasive when she really wanted something. She enjoyed society and was a very capable hostess. Madeline would like to help all of us gain a better understanding of the life of this amazing woman.