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  • Lucy Read Anthony

    Lucy Read Anthony (1793–1880) Lucy attended the Rochester Woman's Rights convention in August 1848 and signed the Declaration of Sentiments. She supported her husband's temperance and abolitionist activism, as well as Susan's reform work and decision not to marry. Miss Anthony eulogized her mother. "My mother always said, Go and do all the good you can." Mount Hope Cemetery Section C, Lot 93 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 Monroe County Learn More

  • Harriet Pratt

    Harriet Pratt (1853–1938) Harriet was an educator and active in civic affairs in Manchester and the surrounding area. She was a member of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, and a lead member of the Shortsville Political Equity Club (established in 1915). They hosted the well-attended Ontario County Political Association Convention. While her exact contributions were not documented, it appears that Harriet dedicated herself to suffrage and serving her community. If you know more about her, you can help us tell her story. Please use our Add a Suffragist form to submit your information. Manchester Village Cemetery ​ 64 South Main Street, Manchester, NY 14504 Ontario County Learn More

  • Elizabeth Burrill Curtis

    Elizabeth Burrill Curtis (1861–1914) The daughter of Anna Shaw and George William Curtis, who was a famed author, orator, abolitionist and suffragist in his own right, Elizabeth proudly carried on the progressive legacy of her family as a vocal advocate for voting rights and civic education for women. Elizabeth was a speaker at the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1894, echoing her father's 1867 speech "Equal Rights for Women." Her pleas went unanswered, but she was undeterred by the loss. Elizabeth founded the Political Equality Club of Staten Island, and Susan B. Anthony visited Staten Island to support Elizabeth's efforts. In 1898, Elizabeth testified before the Senate Select Committee on Woman Suffrage. After her death in 1914, fellow suffragist Mary Otis Willcox said of Elizabeth's contribution to the movement: "By the force of her personality [she] raised the cause from a subject of ridicule to one at least for serious consideration." Moravian Cemetery ​ 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10306 Richmond County Learn More

  • Mary Burnett Talbert

    Mary Burnett Talbert (1866–1923) Mary was the only African-American woman in her graduating class from Oberlin College. She began a career in education in 1886 at Bethel University in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was named assistant principal of Little Rock's Union High School in 1887. In 1891, Mary and her husband moved to Buffalo, NY where she helped found the Niagara Movement, a precursor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1915, Mary spoke at the Votes for Women: A Symposium by Leading Thinkers of Colored Women in Washington, D.C, and in 1922 she became the first woman to be awarded the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor by the NAACP. Throughout her life, Mary was committed to improving the social welfare of women and African-Americans. Forest Lawn Cemetery Section A, Lot 173, Space 8 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 Erie County Learn More

  • Edmonia Goodelle Highgate

    Edmonia Goodelle Highgate (1844–1870) Edmonia died young, at 26. She did a lot in her young life with the American Abolition Society and spoke at conventions headed by Frederick Douglass. Upon introducing her Douglass was "alarmed by reactions of men in the Syracuse streets" but "urged the convention to follow the thoughts of Miss Highgate declaring that what they were doing "gives offense to none but the sordid haters of our race". Edmonia was in the first class at Syracuse High School and graduated with honors as the only African American in 1861. If you know more about Edmonia Goodelle Highgate you can help us tell her story. Please use our Add a Suffragist form to submit your information. Oakwood Cemetery Section 6, Lot 89 Comstock Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 Onondaga County Learn More

  • Sarah Read Adamson Dolley, MD

    Sarah Read Adamson Dolley, MD (1829–1909) Dr. Sarah was a woman of rare distinction. In 1847, one year prior to the first Woman’s Rights convention in Seneca Falls, she was already breaking gender barriers. In that year, she began her studies for a medical degree at Central Medical College in Syracuse, NY. She became the second woman in America to become a doctor and the first woman to complete a hospital internship. After graduation, she became Rochester’s first female physician. It was there that she became friends with Susan B. Anthony. When Susan voted illegally in the 1872 federal election, Sarah and 13 other women voted illegally alongside her. In 1881, Dr. Sarah was president of the “Ignorance Club," a group of prominent women who met to learn about issues of interest to them. More than just a social club, these women intended to learn about and agitate for social reform on important matters. They advocated for inclusion of women on the boards of Rochester’s schools and the Western New York House of Refuge. They also sought the appointment of a woman as matron for the Rochester City Jail. These reforms were enacted due to their efforts. In 1893, Dr. Sarah became a founding member of the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, an organization whose mission was to address women’s unique needs for better working conditions in factories, job training, education, nutritional support, and legal advocacy. That organization is still active today and is known as the Rochester Legal Aid Society. Mount Hope Cemetery Section I, Lot 107 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 Monroe County Learn More

  • Elizabeth Newell Ferguson Hershey

    Elizabeth Newell Ferguson Hershey (1866–1948) Elizabeth was a lifelong resident of Gorham, NY. Married twice, Elizabeth was buried with her first husband as Elizabeth Ferguson. Elizabeth and her step daughter, Bessie Hershey, were active in suffrage organizations in their area. She is noted as belonging to the Ontario County 1919–1920 League of Women Voters. No other documentation on Elizabeth's participation has been found. Gorham Cemetery ​ Route 245, Gorham, NY 14561 Ontario County Learn More

  • Ella Smith Hammond

    Ella Smith Hammond (1857–1929) As an active member of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association, Ella S. Hammond served as a delegate to the national convention held in Minnesota in 1900. While chairman of the School Suffrage Committee, Hammond encouraged women to become active in their local school districts. On June 28, 1902, she published a circular that prompted women throughout the state to exercise their right to vote for school district trustees, and to aid in securing a woman trustee wherever possible. Rural Cemetery ​ Almond Road, Hornell, NY 14843 Steuben County Learn More

  • Lillian Huffcut

    Lillian Huffcut (1890–1920) Lillian was a lead organizer of the Broome County Woman Suffrage Party and also held executive positions in the NYS Women's Suffrage Party and was a director of the League of Women Voters; the latter group formed out of the Votes for Women Club after suffrage was won. Floral Park Cemetery ​ 104 Burbank Avenue, Johnson City, NY 13790 Broome County Learn More

  • Reverend Jermain Wesley Loguen

    Reverend Jermain Wesley Loguen (1809–1872) Abolitionist, minister, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and author, Rev. Jermain served as one of the vice presidents at the 1853 New York State woman suffrage convention. Jermain was once hailed as the “Underground Railroad King,” and assisted the Rev. Samuel J. May, a Unitarian clergyman in Syracuse, with his Underground Railroad work but gradually took the lead. The Loguen house near the intersection of Pine and Genessee Streets was a principal station or depot on the Underground Railroad. Jermain placed letters in the Syracuse press openly discussing his activities and asking for donations to assist fugitives and is said to have aided more than 1500 freedom seekers. Oakwood Cemetery Section 6, Plot 55 940 Comstock Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 Onondaga County Learn More

  • Sarah David Bills Fish

    Sarah David Bills Fish (1798–1868) Sarah was among Rochester's most prominent early suffragist and abolitionist advocates. The Fish Family, including Sarah's husband Benjamin, and their daughters Catharine Stebbins and Mary Curtis, were involved in organizing all kinds of anti-slavery and suffrage activities. Their home was an early way-station on the Underground Railroad. Sarah was a member of the Rochester Female Anti-Slavery Society and served a term as its secretary. In 1842, she joined the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society and served on its Executive Committee. She wrote for Frederick Douglass' North Star newspaper. Sarah and her daughter Catharine participated in the First Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848. Sarah helped organize the second women's rights convention two weeks later in Rochester, and delivered an address at this convention. She was part of the radical group that recommended that the Rochester convention elect a female president, and her group prevailed, selecting Abigail Bush as chair. Mount Hope Cemetery Section M Lot 101 1133 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 Monroe County Learn More

  • Luther Wright Mott

    Luther Wright Mott (1874–1923) Born in Oswego, Luther attended the public schools and graduated from Harvard University in 1896. He began his career at the First National Bank of Oswego, which was owned by his family, and he eventually became the bank's cashier and vice president. He was a founder of the Oswego Chamber of Commerce, created by merging two other organizations, and he served as its president. A civic activist, Luther was a trustee of the Presbyterian church he attended, the public library in Oswego, and Oswego's Home for the Homeless and Orphan Asylum. In 1907 Luther was appointed state Banking Commissioner, but served just five days before resigning on the grounds of ill health. He was a delegate to the 1908 Republican National Convention and he was president of the New York State Bankers' Association from 1910 until 1911. Luther was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-Second and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1911 until his death in Oswego in 1923. During his service in Congress Luther actively advocated women's suffrage and prohibition. Riverside Cemetery Section X, Lot 10 Old Route 57, East River Road, Oswego, NY 13126 Oswego County Learn More

  • Helen Miles Rogers Reid

    Helen Miles Rogers Reid (1882–1970) A distinguished woman of the 19th century in large part for her position as President of the New York Herald Tribune, Helen is featured in a book with the title Notable American Women, where we learn of her women’s suffrage involvement. She was the state treasurer for the New York suffrage campaign, raising more than half a million dollars for the passage of New York State women’s suffrage legislation in 1917. In speeches throughout her life, she advocated that women should work and be economically independent from their husbands and that men should take greater responsibility in the home and for raising their children. After her husband died in 1947, she took over the presidency of the New York Herald Tribune until 1953. She was a well-regarded individual who received accolades and honors and was an accomplished manager and role model for women when there were few women in leadership roles. Helen was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1950. An active supporter of her alma mater, she served for nine years as chairman of the board of trustees, and in 1963, she helped raise funds for a dormitory at Barnard, which was then named for her. She was a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, active in the New York Newspaper Women's Club, and was president of the Reid Foundation, an organization funded and established by her husband to give journalists fellowships to study and travel abroad. Her funeral, presided over by The Right Rev. Paul Moore Jr., the Bishop of New York, was attended by over 300 people including John Hay Whitney, who purchased The Herald Tribune, August Heckscher, the Parks Commissioner who was chief editorial writer, Mayor John Lindsay, David Rockefeller, Robert Moses, former head of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, Andrew Cordier, the president of Columbia University, and Kingman Brewster Jr., the president of Yale University. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery ​ 540 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 Westchester County Learn More

  • Sarah Frances Norton

    Sarah Frances Norton (1838–1910) Sarah was a great granddaughter of President John Adams. Working with Susan B. Anthony, Sarah campaigned for the admission of women at the Cornell University, which she called "that stronghold of feminine prejudice," and the two women received the support of its founder, Ezra Cornell. The school admitted women in 1870, one of the first American universities to do so. Sarah, a novelist and lecturer, often challenged gender-based economic disparities. She questioned the practice of marriage as the husband’s economic ownership of the wife. As president of the Working Women’s Association, she discovered that about half of New York City rag pickers were female. She wryly concluded, “This is the only business in which women have equal opportunities with men.” Pointing out that children were not the property of their parents, to be denied schooling and forced to work at very young ages, she advocated compulsory education for both sexes. “If, by this means, every boy and girl could both be educated and made self-supporting...would it not be better for both parents and children?” Having lost her fortune, Sarah Norton died at age 72 in 1910, in Troy, N.Y. in poverty. A penciled statement found clutched in her hand illustrated the circumstances in which she found herself as she approached death, stating, "I have spent my life and nearly two fortunes working in the interest of women and this is the end - friendless-dissolution-death. Let no one play at philanthropy who wants peace." Oakwood Cemetery Section P, Lot 590 50 101st Street, Troy, NY 12180 Rensselaer County Learn More

  • Caroline A. Bassett

    Caroline A. Bassett (1882–1926) Caroline attended several of the National Women's Rights Conventions in the 1850s. She signed a petition to urge voting against Leslie Russell, a New York State Attorney General—who opposed women's rights and whose recommendation was blocking women’s rights legislation in New York State. He was defeated. Caroline served as Michigan's state superintendent of the Women's Temperance Union for three years. Frances Willard, later president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, spoke of the problem in a 1874 speech known as “Everybody’s War:” “There is a war about this in America, a war of mothers and daughters, sisters, and wives.” Frances described how a man goes to a bar and “loiters away his time” and “fritters away his earnings” and then goes home, “to the house where he is best loved…he inflicts atrocities which imagination cannot picture and no tongue dare describe.” As Anthony put it in 1899, “the only hope” for Prohibition was, “putting the ballot into the hands of women.” In that way, Prohibition and women’s suffrage went hand in hand, with the latter actually happening when the 19th Amendment was ratified seven months after Prohibition went into effect on August 18, 1920. In addition to her Temperance work, Caroline trained as a teacher at Albany Normal School. Later she became the second woman to be an ordained minister in the Free Baptist Church and ministered in West Fall, NY, near East Aurora. Bio by Mary Ellen Capineri. Pine Hill Cemetery Plot C-29 Cemetery Hill Road, Gowanda, NY 14070 Erie County Learn More

  • Honor Your Hometown Suffragists in NYS |

    Susan B. Anthony Didn't Do It Alone. WOMEN AND THE VOTE NEW YORK STATE provides a growing suffragist directory and gravesite map to help you explore New York's rich and influential suffragist history. You'll find famous individuals and those you've never heard of whose grassroots efforts resulted in passage of milestone legislation including the 19th Amendment (1920), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)—proposed in 1923—remains one state shy of ratification to this day. On Election Day, we hope you’ll cast your vote and then visit suffragists gravesites in your community wearing your “I Voted” sticker to show your gratitude for their tireless work. When you do, ask yourself how the past and the fragility of suffrage inspires you to honor Susan B. Anthony's call to continue the work for a just and equitable society for all. Do you know of a suffragist? The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House is proud to be the new home of Women and the Vote New York State. We invite you to click the Add a Suffragist button above to submit a candidate for vetting. Remember, the suffragist must be buried in the state for inclusion in our growing database. Inspired by the Indigenous way of life. Long before Europeans set foot in what is now New York state, the Haudenosaunee considered women sacred. They created space for women to walk alongside men and share equally the burdens and the blessings of carrying forth a community. For EuroAmerican women who legally had no voice, no rights, and belonged to their fathers or husbands, this Indigenous model of democracy inspired dreams of freedom and equality. ​ Some early suffragists in Upstate New York, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Lucretia Mott, befriended their Haudenosaunee neighbors. Witnessing democracy based on equity, not power over another, shaped the women's thinking and inspired their writings throughout the suffrage movement.

  • Mary Otis Gay Wilcox

    Mary Otis Gay Wilcox (1861–1933) Mary was Borough Chairman for Staten Island (then referred to as Richmond) of the City Party led by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1915, when the suffrage amendment appeared on the New York State ballot. As part of that campaign, according to a 1915 New York Tribune article, she and Mrs. James Lees Laidlaw led a feminine column of representatives from New York City, through Binghamton, to Rochester for the final Suffrage Party convention before the 1915 ballot initiative. The City Party organized mass meetings, canvassed homes and businesses, and attempted to reach nearly 600,000 voters, ultimately enrolling 60,000 new members to the Party. Mary lectured broadly on women's suffrage, for example, the New York Age reports to an African Methodist Episcopal congregation in Bayonne, NJ. By 1919 Mary became active in the League of Women Voters, the independent, non-partisan group aimed at enhancing women's political power, educating voters, and constraining partisan corruption. She chaired the League's Richmond chapter. *courtesy Moravian Cemetery ​ 2205 Richmond Road, New Dorp, NY 10306 Richmond County Learn More

  • Elnora Monroe Babcock

    Elnora Monroe Babcock (1852–1934) In 1889, Elnora helped to found the Political Equality Club of Dunkirk and was voted its first president. She was later elected president of the Chautauqua County Political Equality Club. Under her leadership, the county suffrage club expanded to more than 1,400 members, making Chautauqua County the best organized county in the nation for women’s suffrage. Babcock also was noted for convincing the Chautauqua Institution’s management to “proclaim the one day a year that they devoted to discussions of political rights as Political Equality Day.” In 1894, she was instated as the New York State suffrage association’s Chairman for Press Work and in 1899 she rose to the position of Superintendent of Press Work for the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). In announcing her appointment to the national post, a NAWSA publication pointed to the “wonderful results” she had achieved in her parallel responsibilities in the “conservative state” of New York. It also extolled her “courage, persistence, consecration, tact and level-headed judgment.” *Compiled by Sara Kibbler Levant Cemetery Lot 2, 14E Falconer, New York 14733 Chautauqua County Learn More

  • Hannah Francisco Babbitt

    Hannah Francisco Babbitt (1850–1931) Hannah was born in Canada. Her husband was a minister at the Gorham Presbyterian Church and Hannah was active in church affairs until her death. Hannah, along with her daughter and daughter in law, were members of 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

  • Emma J. Skiff Becker

    Emma J. Skiff Becker (1859–1937) Emma was a proud member of the Easton Political Equality Club, the first suffrage club in Washington County. From 1891 to 1917 the Easton Political Equality Club had a mission- to prove to people that women, as citizens of the United States of America, deserved the right to vote. Like the "good wives" they were, Lucy Allen, Chloe Sisson, Emma J. Skiff Becker and the ladies of the Easton PEC used their influence as wives & mothers, neighbors & friends, to convince many men in the area to vote in favor of female suffrage. This tireless effort culminated on November 6, 1917 when male voters all across New York approved the measure guaranteeing the right to vote to citizens of the state regardless of sex. The measure passed statewide by about 80,000 votes, in Washington County by 188 votes & in Easton by 18 votes. It would be another 3 years before the 19th Amendment would be ratified. The women of the Easton PEC continued to serve their communities through the library, the grange, the school board, and a book club. Emma was superintendent of press work for the EPEC for a number of years. Woodlands Cemetery Possibly Sec F 75-77 7 Cemetery Avenue, Cambridge, NY 12816 Washington County Learn More

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