Rhode Island Suffragists - Alexander Street database

Rhode Island Suffragists - Alexander Street database

100th Anniversary at Marble House

Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States

By Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar
June 2020

The Online Biographical Dictionary consists of biographical sketches of three distinct groups of woman suffrage activists:

  • Black women suffragists
  • Militant suffragists associated with the National Woman's Party
  • Mainstream suffragists affiliated with the National American Woman Suffrage Association

For the mainstream suffragists, crowdsourcing was the only viable way to secure biographical sketches of such a large number of activists. 

State Coordinator for Rhode Island mainstream suffragists:
Elisa Miller, Associate Professor at Rhode Island College

Rhode Island Suffragists

Esther H. Abelson, 1889-1970 Pawtucket NAWSA - Progressive Party, Rhode Island Suffrage Party, Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, Woman Suffrage Party

Leila Peirce Andrews, 1868-1946 North Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Party, Rhode Island League of Women Voters

Mary M. Angell, 1838-1922 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Women Suffrage Association, Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, League of Women Voters - Rhode Island Women's Club, Athenaeum Librarian (biography has photo of Ratification signing Jan. 7, 1920)

Agnes M. Bacon, 1876-1936 Central Falls NAWSA - Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; Chair of American Citizenship, Rhode Island League of Women Voters; Officer; National Council of Catholic Women; Director of Americanization, Rhode Island Board of Education; Providence Queen's Daughters, Catholic Women's Benevolent Legion in Pawtucket, Central Falls Teacher Association

Mary Rathbone Ballou, 1837-1926 Bristol Ferry NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association

Elizabeth M. Barr, 1878-1950 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; Rhode Island Women's Party; Librarian, Rhode State Library; League of Women Voters; Women's Republican Club of Rhode Island

Ellen M. Bolles, 1847–? Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association; New England Woman Suffrage Association; Labor Activist

Jessie V. Budlong, 1875-1935 Providence NAWSA - College Equal Suffrage League; United League of Women Voters; Rhode Island Association of Working Women's Clubs; National League of Women Workers; Consumers' League of Rhode Island; Rhode Island branch of Association of Collegiate Alumnae

Minnie Mabel Chamberlain Carpenter, 1868-1958 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association; Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; United League of Women Voters; Rhode Island Republican Party; Rhode Island Girl Scouts; Rhode Island Consumers' League

Grace Lillian (Mrs. John A.) Cross, 1861-1930 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; New England Woman Suffrage Association; Sprague House Association (Mount Pleasant Working Girls' Club); Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Caroline Dowell, 1855-1921 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association; Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Party Member; Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Council

Ettie (Mrs. George E.) Dunbar, 1869-1930 Cranston NAWSA - Woman Suffrage Party, Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, Newton Equal Suffrage League, Massachusetts Woman's Republican Club

Sarah J. Eddy, 1851-1945 Bristol Ferry (Portsmouth) NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association, Painter of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Portraits

Helen Emerson, 1889-1971 Providence NAWSA - College Equal Suffrage League of Rhode Island; Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association

Mildred Hawes Glines, 1895-? Providence NWP - Red Cross (late information not in Alexander St. database)

Avis A. Hawkins, 1857-1951 Providence NAWSA - Teacher; Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; United League of Women Voters; Rhode Island State Federation of Women's Clubs, Federation of Women's Church Societies of Rhode Island; Providence Woman Christian Temperance Union

Bertha G. Higgins, 1872-1944 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Union of Colored Women's Clubs, Providence Woman Suffrage Party, Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Party, Providence League of Women Voters

Mary Frances Wellington Homer, 1842-1913 Providence NAWSA - Belmont Suffrage League, Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association, American Peace Society, the National Council of Women, the Rhode Island Women's Club, the National Unitarian Temperance Society, the Union for Christian Work, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sprague House Association

Mary E. Jackson, 1867-1923 Providence - Rhode Island Association of Colored Women's Clubs, National Association of Colored Women (NACW), Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Alpha Suffrage Club

Helen N.B. Janes, 1854–1930 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association, Providence Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Rhode Island League of Women Voters, Union Settlement (a social welfare organization), Providence Mothers' Club (an organization that advocated for better conditions for mothers and children)

Ann M. Jewett, 1837-1927 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association, New England Woman Suffrage Association, National American Woman Suffrage Association, Bell Street Chapel - married by Anna Garlin Spencer 

Deborah Knox Livingston, 1876-1923 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), Bangor (Maine) Suffrage Center, Rhode Island League of Women Voters

Frances Lucas, 1873-1944 Providence NAWSA - Principal, Lincoln School; Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; Rhode Island United League of Women Voters; Women's Peace Party; Rhode Island Association of Working Women's Clubs

Clara Brownell May (Mrs. Oscar) Miller, 1866-1953 Bristol Ferry NAWSA - Newport County Woman Suffrage League, Newport County Women's Republican Club

Isabelle Ahearn O'Neill, 1880-1975 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, first woman elected to the Rhode Island legislature

Mabel E. Orgelman, 1885-1966 Bristol NAWSA - Bristol Equal Suffrage League, Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Party

Louise (Mrs. Walter A.) Peck, 1856-1934 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; United League of Women Voters of Rhode Island; Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Woman's College at Brown University; the Daughters of the Revolution; the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the Housewives' League

Enid M. Pierce, 1874–1921 Providence NAWSA - Providence Woman Suffrage Party; Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Party; Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; Providence League of Women Voters

Alice F. Porter, 1859-1939 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association; Officer, North Providence and Rhode Island Woman's Christian Temperance Unions; Committee Chair, Rhode Island United League of Women Voters

Anne E. Hitchcock (Mrs. W.S.) Sims, 1875-1960 Newport NAWSA - Newport County Woman's Suffrage League, Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; Naval Wife; Girl Scouts of the USA; Red Cross; Rhode Island Civic Committee (penal reform and child labor reform)

Anna Gardiner Smith (Mrs. Edwin C.), 1880-1962 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association; National American Woman Suffrage Association; the Woman's Republican Club; State Federation of Woman's Clubs

Veva Etheline (Mrs. Bertram) Storrs, 1875-1950 Portsmouth NAWSA - Newport County Woman Suffrage League, Current Topics Club, the Newport Girl Scouts' Council, American Red Cross

Mary Clark Sturtevant, 1843-1931 Middletown NAWSA - Newport County Woman Suffrage League, Newport County Woman Suffrage League, Newport Suffrage League, Rhode Island State Committee of Woman Suffrage, Congressional Union - Berkeley Memorial Church

Rowena Peck Barnes Tingley, 1851-1919 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association, New England Woman's Suffrage Association, Woman's Christian Temperance Union

Henrietta von Klenze, Ph.D., 1871-1945 Providence NAWSA - College Equal Suffrage League; New England Woman Suffrage Association; Congressional Union

Gertrude Edgerton Knox Wells, 1887-1977 Providence NAWSA - Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, College Suffrage League, Young Women's Christian Association, Near East Relief (aid to Armenian genocide victims in Ottoman Turkey), Rhode Island United League of Women Voters

Mary K. Wood, 1828-1902 Providence/Pawtucket NAWSA - Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association; New England Woman Suffrage Association; Women's National Loyal League (abolition); Woman's Christian Temperance Union 

Sadie Wright (Mrs. Walter), 1867-1942 Newport NAWSA - Newport County Woman Suffragist League; War Library Fund; Progressive Party; Newport County Women's Republican Club

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