Katherine Bell Lewis

(1848–1930) Katherine was a supporter of women's suffrage. She was a member of the Geneva, NY Political Equality Club. She was an associate of Carrie Chapman Catt and in 1903 invited her to speak at Geneva's Smith Opera House. Over 1,000 tickets were sold to the event.

A newspaper article "A Sketch of the Life of Mrs. Catt" includes extensive reference to a letter that Katherine wrote to the Buffalo Commercial newspaper to address anti-suffrage sentiment. In 1908, she contributed $10,000 to the National American Women's Suffrage Association in honor of the anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's death. It was the largest contribution made up to that time to the organization. The Bell Memorial Library in Nunda, NY (her birthplace) is named after her.

Mount Hope Cemetery

Section F, Lot 47

1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620

Monroe County

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