Today is the 202nd birthday of the suffragist, abolitionist, author, and speaker Susan B. Anthony. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.
NAME: Susan B. Anthony
DATE OF BIRTH: 15-Feb-1820
PLACE OF BIRTH: Adams, MA
DATE OF DEATH: 13-Mar-1906
LOCATION OF DEATH: Rochester, NY
CAUSE OF DEATH: Pneumonia
REMAINS: Buried, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY
HIGH SCHOOL: Friends’ Boarding School, Philadelphia, PA
FATHER: Daniel Anthony
MOTHER: Lucy Read Anthony
National Women’s Hall of Fame
Portrait on American currency $1 coin
BEST KNOWN FOR: Susan B. Anthony was a suffragist, abolitionist, author, and speaker who was the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
Born at Adams, Massachusetts, soon after her birth Anthony’s family moved to the state of New York, and after 1845 she lived in Rochester. She received her early education in a school maintained by her father for his own and neighbors’ children, and from the time she was seventeen until she was thirty-two she taught in various schools. In the decade preceding the outbreak of the Civil War she took a prominent part in the anti-slavery and temperance movements in New York, organizing in 1852 the first woman’s state temperance society in America, and in 1856 becoming the agent for New York state of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
After 1854, Anthony devoted herself almost to exclusively to the agitation for woman’s rights, and became recognized as one of the ablest and most zealous advocates, both as a public speaker and as a writer, of the complete legal equality of the two sexes. From 1868 to 1870 she was the proprietor of a weekly paper, The Revolution, published in New York, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and having for its motto, “The true republic — men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” She was vice president at large of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association from the date of its organization in 1869 until 1892, when she became president. For casting a vote in the presidential election of 1872, as, she asserted, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution entitled her to do, she was arrested and fined $100, but she never paid the fine. In collaboration with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Ida Husted Harper, she published The History of Woman Suffrage (4 vols., New York, 1884-87).
Is the subject of books:
Susan B. Anthony: Her Personal History and Her Era, 1954, BY: Katharine Anthony
Author of books:
The History of Woman Suffrage (1881-1902, nonfiction, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Gage, first four volumes)
Eighty Years and More (1898, memoir)