Susan B. Anthony

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820 - 1906)

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Susan Brownell (Susan B.) Anthony
Born in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Died in Rochester, Monroe, New York, United Statesmap
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Susan was born in 1820. She is the daughter of Daniel Anthony and Lucy Read. [1]

Susan B. Anthony was born and raised in West Grove, near Adams, Massachusetts. She was the second oldest of seven children, Guelma Penn, Susan Brownell, Hannah E., Daniel Read, Mary Stafford, Eliza Tefft, and Jacob Merritt, born to Daniel Anthony and Lucy Read. Anthony was close to her sisters throughout her life.

Susan's father was an abolitionist and a temperance advocate. A Quaker, he had a difficult relationship with his traditionalist congregation, which rebuked him for marrying a non-Quaker and then disowned him for allowing a dance school to operate in his home. He continued to attend Quaker meetings anyway and became even more radical in his beliefs. Susan's mother was not a Quaker but helped raise their children in a more tolerant version of her husband's religious tradition. Their father encouraged them all, girls as well as boys, to be self-supporting, teaching them business principles and giving them responsibilities at an early age. (excerpt from the bio)

In 1826, when she was six years old, her family moved from Massachusetts to Battenville, New York. Susan went to a local district school, where a teacher refused to teach her long division because of her gender. After hearing about the poor education his child was given, her father quickly had her placed in a group home school, where he taught Susan himself. Mary Perkins, another teacher there, conveyed a progressive image of womanhood to Anthony, further developing her growing belief in women's equality.

At the age of 29 Anthony became involved in abolitionism. She later on became friends with Amelia Bloomer, which led to a meeting with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who would soon become her partner in political organizing especially for women’s rights and woman suffrage. Elizabeth was married with lots of children and she served as the writer and the one who’d make up the ideas out of the two of them. Out of the two of them she was more of the organizer and the one who would travel. She was very good at public speaking.

Susan had never married, but had a relationship with a woman named Anna Dickinson before forming a close companionship in her later years with Emily Gross, a Chicago woman who was the wife of a wealthy businessman, Samuel Gross. Anthony wrote about her in letters to friends and relatives. "I shall go to Chicago and visit my new lover — dear Mrs. [Emily] Gross — en route to Kansas. So with new hope & new life…" Anthony wrote. Although the two never lived together, they managed to spend long periods of time together until Anthony's death.

Susan helped to establish the American Equal Rights Association in 1866. In 1868 with Stanton as editor, Susan became publisher of Revolution. Elizabeth and Susan founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, larger than its rival American Woman Suffrage Association. In 1890 both organizations finally merged. Years later, Anthony worked closely with Carrie Chapman Catt, retiring from active leadership of the suffrage movement in 1900 and turning over presidency of the NAWSA over to Catt.

In some of her writings, Anthony would mention abortion. She strongly despised abortion especially because at the time it was an unsafe medical procedure for women, which endangered their health and life. She blamed men, laws and the “double standard” for driving women to do such a thing as abortion. She believed that only the achievement of woman’s equality and freedom would end the need for abortion, just like all the other feminists of that era. Susan used her anti-abortion writings as another argument for women’s rights. Her writings are also a bit racist. She had once said that a white woman would vote a better decision than any “ignorant” black man or immigrant man could.

In 1888, Anthony had founded the International Council of Women. She was the head of the U.S. delegation to its meetings in 1899 in London and in 1904 in Berlin. Anthony’s commitment to women’s education was toughened at the end of the 19th century by her diligent fundraising to secure the funds necessary to allow for the admission of women to the University of Rochester. She was finally able to raise enough money by 1900 and women were then admitted, thanks to all her hard work and effort. At her last public event about woman’s suffrage in Baltimore in February 1906, she stated her belief that “Failure is impossible.” Soon after in March of 1906, she had died in her home in Rochester of heart failure and pneumonia in both lungs. Her efforts and struggles were a great contribution to the lives of many women of her time and of our present time and future.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: [2]

February 15
Susan B. Anthony Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Susan B. Anthony and the Women's suffrage in the United States. The day is on February 15. It has been historically celebrated since 1920[citation needed], after 31 of 48 states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving women the right to vote when fully ratified later that year.[1][2] In the state of Wisconsin, Susan B. Anthony Day is an established state holiday, which was enacted into law April 15, 1976, from the 1975 Laws of Wisconsin, Chapter 307, section 20.[3] Likewise, this holiday is also commemorated in Florida as a legal state holiday. [4] In West Virginia, this day is celebrated on Election Day on even years.[5] One of the reasons this holiday is not celebrated at a national level is due to strong opposition[citation needed]. According to an article from the Seattle Times in 1985, the feminist movement is the one pushing hardest for this holiday. Other holidays that are not commemorated on an official federal level are St. Patrick's Day and Arbor Day. [6]

Education: Because her father, Daniel, believed in the equal rights of boys and girls, Susan received an education with her three other sisters from a Quaker school in Philidelphia.

Accomplishments: Susan B Anthony founded the National Woman's Suffrage Association in 1869 with Elizabeth Cady Stanton; they worked together for over 50 years. In addition, she gave around 75 speeches throughout the United States about wome's rights. She wrote the Susan B. Anthony Amendment (later called the 19th ammendment) allowing women the right to vote.

On 14 January 1901, Susan B. Anthony wrote to Anna May Soule, a professor of history at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, regarding a book she had written. See Letter from Susan B. Anthony to Anna M. Soule.

Housekeeper and secretary to Susan B. Anthony and Mary S. Anthony at their house on 17 Madison Street in Rochester was Miss Anna E. Dann.

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  • National Geographic: Vol 166 Vol. 1 July 1984 "Underground Railroad"
  • Wikipedia: Susan B. Anthony[3]
  • 1880 US Census: Rochester, Monroe County, NY, 7 Jun 1880, Enumeration District 88, Pg. 22[4]
  • 1900 US Census: Rochester, Monroe County, NY, 7 Jun 1900, Enumeration District 73, Sheet 8B[5]
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  • Find A Grave Memorial # 31; Susan B. Anthony, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester NY, Plot: Section C, Lot 93
  • Aldridge, B. B. B. (1953). Laphams in America: Thirteen thousand descendants including descendents of John from Devonshire, England to Providence, R.I., 1673, Thomas from Kent, England, to Scituate, Mass., 1634, and genealogical notes of other Lapham families. Victor, N.Y.: publisher not identified. p.95

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  1. Profile created by April Lamar, 19 Oct 2009. Added information from Chris Beason, and others (see Changes), and from researcher Nick Dann, 3 Nov 2016.
  2. WikiData: Q192245 Wikidata Information Reasonator enwiki Ancestors (about wikidata)
  3. Wikipedia: Susan B. Anthony
  4. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Roll: 863; Page: 365B; Enumeration District: 088; Image: 0426; FHL microfilm: 1254863
  5. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls; Roll: 1075; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0073; FHL microfilm: 1241075

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On 30 Oct 2009 Valeria Castillo wrote:

"The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it. "

On 30 Oct 2009 Valeria Castillo wrote:

Her last public words, "Failure is impossible," became the suffrage rallying cry.

On 29 Oct 2009 April Lamar wrote:

Susan and Elizabeth were a great team; Elizabeth did most of the writing while Susan did managed the business affairs.

On 29 Oct 2009 April Lamar wrote:

Susan Anthony was an inspiration to most women in the United States; who wouldn't want the same rights as men? She created an amendment that allowed us to vote and actually have a voice in our government. She was great!

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On 16 Feb 2017 at 03:24 GMT Anon Snyder wrote:

This article talks about The Susan B Anthony parade and about Ms. Anthony herself. The article also talks about forgotten women in the movement.

On 21 Apr 2016 at 12:38 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

My 6th cousin 6xr. Congrats on getting a place on America's money!

On 24 May 2015 at 18:19 GMT J. (Pearson) Salsbery wrote:

I apologize. There was much discussion within the Categories Project, whether the Suffragettes Category should be "US" or "American."

On 30 Oct 2009 at 06:58 GMT Valeria Castillo wrote:

On 29 Oct 2009 at 20:25 GMT April Lamar wrote:

"Elizabeth Cady Stanton." America's Story for America's Library. 6/23/2009. Web. 29 Oct 2009. <>.

On 29 Oct 2009 at 20:10 GMT April Lamar wrote:

Allan, R. "Girls Explore." Susan B Anthony. 2006. Web. 29 Oct 2009. <>.

On 29 Oct 2009 at 20:00 GMT April Lamar wrote:

Harper, J.E. Susan B Anthony: A Biographical Companion. New York: ABC-CLIO Inc., 1998. Print.

On 29 Oct 2009 at 19:51 GMT April Lamar wrote:

Women in History. Susan B. Anthony biography. Last Updated: 3/9/2009. Lakewood Public Library. Date accessed 10/29/2009 . <>.

Susan B. is 27 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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