Amy Kirby Post

(1803–1889) Involved in the suffrage movement from its inception until the end of her life, Amy Kirby Post attended the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in July 1848 where she signed the Declaration of Sentiments. She served on the arrangements committee for the continuation of the convention held in Rochester, NY, in August 1848.

Amy was instrumental in nominating a woman to preside over the meeting, which was unheard of at the time. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were opposed to this "most hazardous experiment;." However, Amy won them over when she "assured them that by the same power by which they had resolved, declared, discussed, and debated, they could also preside at a public meeting."

Together with two seamstresses, Amy formed the local chapter of the Working Women's Protection Union which promoted wage increases for women and served as the treasurer. After the Civil War, she joined to the Equal Rights Association and later, the National Woman Suffrage Association. She was one of the women who attempted to vote in the national election along with Susan B. Anthony in 1872 but was turned away. She tried a second time in 1873, without success.

Mount Hope Cemetery

Range 2, Lot 121

1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620

Monroe County

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