On Thursday July 27, 1911, The New York Times reported that Nora Stanton Blatch De Forest was sueing her former husband Dr. Lee De Forest, to ‘Recover Dower Rights in Property She Signed Away’
Nora Stanton Blatch De Forest, the divorced wife of Dr.Lee De Forest, the wireless telegraph inventor, started suit against him in the Supreme Court yesterday through a woman lawyer, Bertha Rembaugh, to recover one-third of the proceeds of the sale of real estate at River Drive, Spuyten, Duyvill.
Mrs. De Forest alleges that on June 13, 1911 she signed away her dower rights in the property on Dr. De Forest’s representation that she was to get onne-third of the proceeds of the sale. The papers in the case state that the land has been or is about to be sold. After the sale, mrs. De Forest says her husband repudiated the agreement. She asks that she be allowed to rescind her release of her dower rights.
Mrs. De Forest is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the daughter of Mrs. Harriet Stanton Blatch. She herself is a hydraulic engineer and was graduated from Cornell in 1905. While at Cornell mrs. De Forest was known for her athletic prowess. She married De Forest in 1908 after his first wife had obtained a divorce. The De Forests have one child. In a recent published statement De Forest ascribed his matrimonial difficulties to Mrs. Blatch.