Suffragist of the Month

Suffragist of the Month, September 2017

Suffragist of the Month, September 2017

Frances Willard – 1839 – 1898 When historians hear the name Frances Willard they immediately associate her with the temperance movement, and with good reason. Temperance was her first passion; she was President of the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) for almost twenty years, and during her tenure shaped the group into a well-organized entity, […]

Suffragist of the Month - August, 2017

Suffragist of the Month – August, 2017

Lillie Devereux Blake – 1833 – 1913 Lillie Devereux was born Elizabeth Johnson Devereux on August 12, 1833 in Raleigh, North Carolina on a plantation bordering the Roanoke River. She was called “Lillie” by her father, an endearment that followed her through her life. Her father died when she was four and her mother moved the […]

Suffragist of the Month - July 2017

Suffragist of the Month – July 2017

Louisine Havemeyer, 1855 – 1929 Louisine Havemeyer was born in New York City July 28, 1855 into a life of wealth and privilege. Her father had made his fortune in the sugar industry. Her mother was an avid suffragist, and counted among her good friends Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone. From an early age […]

Suffragists of the Month, May & June, 2017

Suffragists of the Month, May & June, 2017

Julia Evelina Smith, 1792 – 1886 Abby Hadassah Smith, 1797 – 1878 Julia Evelina Smith (May 27, 1792, left in photo) and her sister, Abby Hadassah Smith (June 1, 1797) were born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, fourth and fifth of five daughters. Their parents, Hannah and Zephaniah shared the unusual belief that education for girls should […]

Suffragist of The Month -  April, 2017

Suffragist of The Month – April, 2017

Mary Eliza Mahoney, 1845 – 1926 Mary Eliza Mahoney was born April , 1845 (some references give May 7) in Dorchester, Massachusetts; her parents were freed slaves who had moved from North Carolina to seek a better life for their family. One of three children, Mary attended an integrated school, and dreamed of becoming a […]

Suffragist of The Month - March, 2017

Suffragist of The Month – March, 2017

Katrina Ely Tiffany, 1875 – 1927 Katrina Ely Tiffany would seem an unlikely soldier in the suffragist army. She was born March 25, 1875 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, to a comfortable and well-established family. Her father was an engineer who worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Her mother, Henrietta Brandes, was the daughter of surgeon Dr. Charles […]

Suffragist of the Month – January, 2017

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, 1853 – 1933 Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was unarguably the most outspoken and controversial advocate for suffrage that the cause itself had ever seen. Some liked her; most respected her; many loathed and avoided her at all cost. But Alva was fearless and loyal, and was not afraid to spend enormous sums of […]

Suffragist of the Month - December, 2016

Suffragist of the Month – December, 2016

Edna Buckman Kearns, 1882 – 1934 No work illustrates the effectiveness of a grass roots campaign as well as that of Edna Buckman Kearns. Not only did Edna labor to bring the campaign for woman suffrage to all Long Islanders via her work as editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, she also passed on the suffrage fervor […]

Suffragist of the Month, November 2016

Suffragist of the Month, November 2016

Florence Gibb Pratt, 1872 – 1935 Florence Gibb was born in Brooklyn, on November 3, 1872, into what would be a family of eleven children. Her father John Gibb had emigrated from Scotland, and was a wealthy merchant who imported lace and upholstery. Her mother, Harriet Balsdon, was born in England and died when Florence […]

Suffragist of the Month, October, 2016

Suffragist of the Month, October, 2016

Abigail Jane Scott Duniway, 1834 – 1915 Abigail Jane Scott was born October 22, 1834 in Groveland, Illinois into a large, poor farm family; as a child she received little schooling. In 1852 her parents moved the family by wagon train to Oregon, a trip that sadly proved fatal for her mother and younger brother. Once […]

Suffragist of the Month, September, 2016

Suffragist of the Month, September, 2016

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, 1825 – 1911 Frances Ellen Watkins was born September 24, 1825 to free black parents in the slave state of Maryland. Her mother died when she was two years old, and she was raised by an aunt and uncle. She attended her uncle’s school for free black children until the age of […]

Suffragist of the Month, August 2016

Inez Milholland Bossevain Saturday, August 6 marks the 130th birthday of the courageous suffragist, Inez Milholland Bossevain,  whose early death while campaigning for suffrage  resulted in her being hailed as a “martyr” for the cause. Inez was born August 6, 1886 to a wealthy, progressive family in Brooklyn, New York. Her family spent much of […]

Suffragist of the Month - July, 2016

Suffragist of the Month – July, 2016

Alice Duer Miller, 1874 – 1942   I’m in a hard position for a perfect gentleman, I want to please the ladies, but I don’t see how I can. My present wife’s a suffragist, and counts on my support, But my mother is an anti, of a rather biting sort; One grandmother is on the […]

Suffragist of the Month, June 2016

Suffragist of the Month, June 2016

Miriam Folline Leslie 1836 – 1914 Miriam Folline was born in New Orleans on June 3, 1846. After a brief marriage that was annulled in 1856, she spent a year on the stage, and in 1857 married Ephraim G. Squier, who in 1861 became an editor of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper had […]

Suffragist of the Month, May 2016

Suffragist of the Month, May 2016

Margaret Fuller,  1810 – 1850 Margaret Fuller was born May 23, 1810 in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. As a young child she was taught at home by an exacting father, and did not attend school formally until the age of ten. Perhaps for this reason she was a precocious child, educated far beyond her years, schooled in Greek, Latin, German […]