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  • Maria Boughton Crump

    Maria Boughton Crump (1850–1909) Maria and her sister, Christine Boughton Dunning, were founding members of the Pittsford Political Equality Club. Maria’s family is an example of the connections between women’s suffrage and abolition. Maria’s father-in-law and husband were ardent abolitionists who aided runaway slaves. Maria and her husband had nine children. Their son, Dr. Walter Crump, was a Trustee of the Tuskegee Institute, the historically Black college founded by Booker T. Washington. Pittsford Cemetery J 148 38 Washington Road, Pittsford, NY 14534 Monroe County Learn More

  • Amy Kirby Post

    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 Learn More

  • Isabel Howland

    Isabel Howland (1859–1942) Isabel was born into a family active in the abolition and suffrage movements. By her early 20s she was corresponding secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Women and active with the New York State Woman Suffrage Association, and communicated with key people including Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, William Lloyd Garrison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Booker T. Washington, and Julia Ward Howe. In 1891 Isabel was a founding member of the Sherwood Equal Rights Association, (in what is now known as Aurora, rather than Sherwood NY) a chapter of the national Equal Rights Association. She helped to found the Sherwood Political Equality Club, a woman's suffrage group, which met in her parents' home. She served as treasurer of New York State Woman Suffrage Association’s important conventions, including the 1897 convention in Geneva, NY and the 1895 convention in Newburg, NY where the New York Times reported she was one of the “prominent” suffragists in attendance. In the 1910s Isabel served as an officer of NYSWSA during her Cornell University classmate Harriet May Mills’ tenure as president. Because of its importance, well after her passing, the entire hamlet where her family lived, known as the Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (in 2008). One of the parcels that has been restored is Opendore, Isabel's former estate. Howland Cemetery ​ 1180-1202 Sherwood Road, Aurora, NY 13026 Cayuga County Learn More

  • Anna May Kelly Boughton Brown

    Anna May Kelly Boughton Brown (1859–1949) Anna May was active in her Universalist Church as well as the Victor Equal Suffrage Association. Her second husband, Brown, worked for Frank Cobb, owner of Cobb Drug Store, who was an active suffrage participant as well. If you know more about Anna May, you can help us tell her story. Please use our Add a Suffragist form to submit your information. Macedon Village Cemetery Unknown Erie Street Road, Macedon, NY Wayne County Learn More

  • Katherine Lincoln Brougham

    Katherine Lincoln Brougham (1893–1969) Katherine became very involved with the woman suffrage movement and supported the National Woman's Party. On November 10, 1917, she was arrested and, after refusing to pay a fine, sentenced to prison in the Occoquan Workhouse. During this time, she and many others challenged the notion of inequality through participation in hunger strikes. After women won the right to vote, Katherine campaigned for Anne Martin, a candidate for the United States Senate from Nevada. She then seems to disappear from the historical record. Kenisco Cemetery ​ 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595 Westchester County Learn More

  • Elizabeth Chatfield

    Elizabeth Chatfield (1843–1917) Elizabeth was a suffragist who served as the private secretary to Susan B. Anthony in the late 1800s. She resided at 18 Front Street in Owego (different from Oswego) until eventually moving to New York City for her work with Anthony. While Susan B. Anthony was touring and promoting “Revolution,” the newspaper on women’s suffrage, she presented her case at the Tioga County Courthouse in 1894 and stayed overnight and was hosted by Elizabeth. Evergreen Cemetery Section 1, Lot 62 Prospect Street, Owego, NY 13827 Tioga County Learn More

  • Louise Meyer Van Buskirk

    Louise Meyer Van Buskirk (1845–1915) On September 6, 1902, the first meeting of the Pittsford Political Equality Club was held at the Main Street home of Louise Meyer Van Buskirk, daughter of German immigrants. The Pittsford Club members felt a strong connection to the national and global movement. The following year the Club again met in the Van Buskirk home on February 13, 1903, “on account of a desire to make the February meeting an anniversary (in so far as we could) of the 83rd birthday of “The Grand Woman” Susan B. Anthony... The day is celebrated by Suffrage Societies throughout the world, on either Saturday or Monday. In large cities and towns they were to do some fine things, raise money, &c. to help the cause so dear to Miss Anthony’s heart, and for which she has toiled through a long life of self-denial...” Cortland Rural Cemetery Section W, Lot 86 110 Tompkins Street, Cortland, NY 13045 Cortland County Learn More

  • Alberta Hill Smith

    Alberta Hill Smith (1889–1952) Alberta was secretary to the Women's Political Union, which was once known as the Equality League for Self-Supporting Women. It merged with the Congressional Union and later became the National Woman's Party under Alice Paul. Alberta was audacious in her beliefs. She rode on horseback in the Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington, D.C., March 3, 1913. The parade was the brainchild of Alice Paul and marked the first significant public event that re-energized the suffrage movement. Over five thousand women marched in that parade. Alberta is well known because her wedding was headline news. By itself that was not surprising. Both she and her husband were involved in politics. She worked on Woodrow Wilson’s presidential campaign in 1912. Her husband was secretary to the Secretary of the Navy. After the ceremony, the officiating priest asked if she planned to obey. With good humor and a gracious bow she said "no". The New York Tribune headline read, “Alberta Hill, Suffrage Bride, Laughs Refusal to ‘Obey Him.’” Moravian Cemetery ​ 2205 Richmond Road, New Dorp, New York 10306-2557 Richmond County Learn More

  • Elizabeth Dilts Blake

    Elizabeth Dilts Blake (1845–1930) Elizabeth, known as "Libbie", was described as a very capable woman, interested at all times in the welfare of the community in which she lived. “Mrs. Blake, who is president of the Women’s Suffrage Society, says there is no law against voting, now, (and) that no inspector can find a statute against receiving the vote of any woman (who) will present one.” Neapolitan Record, 8/19/1885 Rose Ridge Cemetery ​ 8344 County Road 33 (West Hollow Road), Naples, NY 14512 Ontario County Learn More

  • Rosalie Gardiner Jones

    Rosalie Gardiner Jones (1883–1978) Rosalie was an Oyster Bay socialite and suffragist known as "General Jones." She exemplified both her ideology of doing the work and leading her "soldiers of the suffragette movement" by organizing numerous women marches and individual efforts to raise awareness on women's voting issues. Her suffrage marches and wagon trips included a protest march from New York City to Albany, another through Ohio, numerous tours through Long Island in a yellow "Votes for Women" wagon, and a New York to Boston wagon trip and march. General Jones's most publicized march—from New York City to Washington, D.C.—ended on March 3, 1913, the day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. Her small band of suffrage "Pilgrims" joined the "Women's Rights Procession," which included 9 bands and 26 floats, and at least 5,000 marchers parading down Pennsylvania Avenue, led by women from countries that had enacted woman suffrage. This protest is not only known as the most effective demonstration for women's voting but also was instrumental in shifting the debate into a national issue, one that would need to be resolved by a constitutional amendment rather than state referenda. *courtesy alexanderstreet.com St. John Espiscopal Church Ashes scattered outside mother's tomb, hillside cemetery above the church. Route 25A Laurel Hollow, Syosset, NY 11724 Suffolk County Learn More

  • Rhoda J. Palmer

    Rhoda J. Palmer (1816–1919) The only person who signed the Declaration of Sentiments who lived long enough to vote in 1918, Rhoda lived in a progressive household. Her father was an anti-slavery activist. She remembered “slaves coming to our home and then they would be sent on to another abolitionist, and so on, until they reached Lake Ontario.” She also recalled hearing a speech by the famous abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Rhoda, along with her father, was in attendance at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in July of 1848. She was one of the signers of the Declaration of Sentiments. New York State enacted a women’s suffrage law before passage of the Federal Amendment which granted women the vote. Because of the New York law, Rhoda Palmer realized a long-held dream and voted in November, 1918, at the age of 102. Quaker Cemetery ​ Nine Foot Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 Seneca County Learn More

  • Helen Burr Cogswell Peckham

    Helen Burr Cogswell Peckham (1860–1932) Helen was an earnest believer in women’s suffrage from a young age. She wrote and spoke to advocate for enfranchisement in NY and other states. She was an officer of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association. From the book Families of Western New York, by William Richard Cutter. Forest Hill Cemetery ​ High Street, Attica, NY 14011 Wyoming County Learn More

  • Mary Post Hallowell

    Mary Post Hallowell (1823–1913) Mary was a leader in the suffrage movement. She became an anti-slavery activist as a young woman, and in 1842, joined the newly-formed Western New York Anti-Slavery Society (WNYASS), a group which her parents had helped to found. After she married, her home, like that of her parents, provided a refuge for fugitive slaves as part of the network of the Underground Railroad. Mary’s fight for suffrage and equality for women spans over sixty years. She was present at the first women's rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in July of 1848 and a signer of the Declaration of Sentiments. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Mary supported revisions to the 14th Amendment that would allow women, as well as African-American men, the right to vote. Mary attempted to vote in the presidential election of 1872 and was unable to register. She later donated to Susan B. Anthony’s defense after Susan was arrested for voting. She was also present at the founding meeting of Rochester's Women's Political Club (later the Political Equality Club) in Susan's home in December of 1885. Mary's suffrage activities were buttressed by a close personal friendship with Susan B. Anthony. Ida Husted Harper, Susan's biographer, describes the home of William and Mary Hallowell as a place where the "doors never were closed" to Susan. Mount Hope Cemetery Range 1, Lot 40 E 2/3 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 Monroe County Learn More

  • Maude Lena Cook Babbitt

    Maude Lena Cook Babbitt (1873–1946) Maude lived in Gorham for the duration of her life. Along with additional Babbitt family members, she joined the Ontario County League of Women Voters in 1919. If you know more about her, you can help us tell her story. Please use our Add a Suffragist form to submit your information. Gorham Cemetery ​ Route 245, Gorham, NY 14561 Ontario County Learn More

  • Addie Wilkins Jackson

    Addie Wilkins Jackson (1875–1938) Addie was an African-American woman who was a leader in New York State women's clubs. From 1913–1920, she was the Financial Secretary of the Empire State Federation of Women's Clubs. It had 4,000 members. The organization's mission was to empower women and children in New York State. In 1913, the Federation voted in support of women's suffrage. In addition, Addie was a Tarrytown and Westchester County political activist, who held the role of president and chairwoman for many organizations. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Plot 44 540 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 Westchester County Learn More

  • Lucy Earle Sprague

    Lucy Earle Sprague (1851/52–1903) Lucy was active in a number of organizations in Rochester that were known to support woman suffrage; including AME Zion Church and Susan B. Anthony Club. The prominent activist Hester Jeffrey organized the Susan B. Anthony Club for Colored Women in Rochester and served as its first president. The club drew many members from the AME Zion Church, including Lucy. She and Jeffrey were colleagues and supporters in their church work as well as in their suffrage and civil rights activism. They both sought to bridge the divide between black and white suffrage activists. At the 1903 celebration of Susan B. Anthony's birthday, club members joined other special guests in presenting Anthony with an enamel green and white pin in the shape of a four-leaf clover bearing the initials of their club. In general, the Susan B. Anthony Club for Colored Women met to discuss the importance of obtaining woman suffrage, but the members also sought to get young black women admitted to the University of Rochester. The first young black man had graduated from the university in 1891. When Lucy died in 1903, she was still fulfilling her duties for both the church and the club. Mount Hope Cemetery Range 1, Surnames L-Z, Lots 101-280 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 Monroe County Learn More

  • Katherine Bell Lewis

    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 Learn More

  • Cora Calhoun Horne

    Cora Calhoun Horne (1865–1932) In her autobiography, singer-actress Lena Horne remarked that "the part of me that responds to causes or to injustices, or issues fighting comments on all kinds of issues, that part of me is the creation of my proud, activist grandmother, who never seemed to be afraid of anything". Horne's grandmother, Cora, was a community leader and suffragist in Brooklyn in the first decades of the 20th century. She was a leader in the Urban League, the YWCA, and the NAACP, and a vocal advocate of women's suffrage in the heated years of the New York state campaign. During World War I, Cora led a Red Cross unit making and repairing bandages, in connection with the Brooklyn YWCA. A detailed essay about Cora's life reports that, "in recognition of her contributions, Cora was appointed to the mayors Victory Committee." Cora continued actively participating in the National Association of Colored Women and the NAACP and by 1918 was also involved with the Brooklyn League on Urban Conditions and the Big Brother and Big Sister Federation, organizations in which she would hold many leadership positions and with which she would continue working until the end of her life. Among these, Cora served as editor-in-chief of the Empire State Voice, the newsletter of the New York Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. The Evergreens Cemetery ​ 1629 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 Kings County Learn More

  • Roxana Bradley Burrows

    Roxana Bradley Burrows (1853–1922) Roxana assumed the presidency of the Lucy Stone Club and in 1904 was elected vice president of the Allegany County Political Equality Club, a county-wide organization devoted to the passage of woman suffrage and affiliated with the New York State Woman Suffrage Association (NYSWSA). In 1907 Roxana was elected president of the Political Equality Club and would lead the county suffrage organization until the passage of the suffrage amendment in 1917. She served as recording secretary and Chair of the Legislative Committee for NYSWSA in 1910 and 1911. Roxana became the Assembly District Leader covering all of Allegany County when the Political Equality Club reorganized into the Allegany County Woman Suffrage Party (ACWSP) before the 1915 state-wide woman suffrage referendum. In June 1917, she announced at the annual ACWSP convention that there was a chairman in each election district and an enrollment of 5,000 women in force of suffrage in the county, an impressive number given that there were a little over 40,000 inhabitants in the county at the time. Roxana was a member of the Andover Baptist Church, the Andover Hawthorne Club and active in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She also served on the Allegany County Republican General Committee from 1920 until her death. *courtesy alexanderstreet.com Valley Brook Cemetery ​ NY-RT 417, Andover, NY 14806 Allegany County Learn More

  • Mary Elizabeth Redfield Bagg

    Mary Elizabeth Redfield Bagg (1823–1898) Mary was a director of the Association for the Advancement of Women; she represented New York State in this national organization and attended the 13th Annual Congress in October, 1885. Without a doubt, Mary "did the work", fighting for equality in her time. And yet her story is still untold. If you know more about Mary Elizabeth, you can help us tell her story. Please use our Add a Suffragist form to submit your information. Oakwood Cemtery Sect 3 plot 21 940 Comstock Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 Onondaga County Learn More

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