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About Ann Lander McDonnell
Anna Lander West McDonnell was born in San Francisco, California, on December 14, 1876; her parents were Charles and Marguerite Rode Lander West. Charles was a brother of Frederick West Lander, wagon road surveyor and army officer; Louisa Lander, sculptress and artist; Edward Lander, first chief supreme court justice of the Territory of Washington; and three other siblings. Charles Lander, originally from Salem, Massachusetts, moved to California in 1849, where he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, "West." He and Marguerite had seven children, of whom Anna was the youngest.
The McDonnells had no children. According to a letter of recommendation, Anna lived in Paris, France from 1907 to about the time of World War I and owned property there, while retaining her American citizenship.
She served as an auxiliary or trained nurse in a hospital in Bordeaux and returned to France in 1918 after the war to serve with the American Committee for Devastated France. She was also a member of the League for Woman's Service while residing in the United States during WWI.