Elihu David Stone (1888-1952) was born in Meretz, Lithuania. He arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1906 and attended Roxbury High School while working as an instructor in a Hebrew religious school. He continued this work while attending Boston University Law School, and also worked as a reporter for the Boston Journal. He received his LL.B. in 1915 and established a law office in Boston. In 1918 he was appointed to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he completed two terms, serving on the Committee on Legal Affairs, the Judiciary Committee, and as Chair of the Committee on Elections. Stone also served as Assistant U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts from 1922 to 1934.
Stone was active in the Zionist movement, and, in 1919, was responsible for the passage of a resolution in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, urging American Delegates to the Paris Peace Conference to support the establishment of a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine. He was largely responsible for the passage of the Palestine Resolution by the Massachusetts Legislation on March 29, 1922, which in turn led to the Joint Resolution passed by the U.S. Congress later that year, favoring the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Stone was active in community affairs and served as president of Congregation Mishkan Tefila for over 10 years. In 1938, he was awarded a distinguished service award as a result of his efforts on behalf of the people of Lithuania.
Elihu Stone married Esther Israel in 1917 and they had two sons, Theodore Mordecai and Judah Meir.
In this photograph: Members of the Elihu David Stone Family, Alytus, Lithuania. Date unknown. From the Papers of Elihu David Stone, American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.