Martha Coffin Pelham Wright

(1806–1875) Martha was an important suffragist during the early years of the woman suffrage movement, yet she has been overshadowed by her more well-known sister, Lucretia Mott. Martha played a vital role as behind-the-scenes organizer and confidant to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Before she became active in women's rights, Martha balanced a busy family life with anti-slavery work, organizing abolition meetings and hosting freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad in her home in Auburn, New York. In fact, she was six months pregnant when she attended the famous tea at which she, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jane Hunt and Mary Ann McClintock planned the 1848 Seneca Falls convention.

Despite being crippled by a fear of public speaking, Martha consented to be the president or secretary of several state and national women's rights conventions during the 1850s and 60s. Outside of conventions, she held several offices. Martha was chosen in 1869 as the first president of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association, served on several executive committees, was vice president three times for the American Equal Rights Association, and then was elected president of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1874. *courtesy alexanderstreet.com

Fort Hill Cemetery

Section: Morning Side
Lot: 21-22
Grave: 3

19 Fort Street, Auburn, NY 13021

Cayuga County

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