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Carrie Clinton Lane

9 January 1859–9 March 1947

Born 9 Jan. 1859 at Ripon, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin.[1] Daughter of Lucius Lane and Maria Clinton.[2] Attended Iowa State Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) and was the only woman in the graduating class of 1880.[3] Served as school superintendent of Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., Iowa, 1883–1885.[4] Married Leo Chapman, 12 Feb. 1885, in Charles City, Floyd Co., Iowa.[5] Husband died, 23 Aug. 1886, in San Francisco, while returning from Iowa.[6] Returned to Iowa, 1887.[7] Joined the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association, serving as a professional writer, lecturer, recording secretary, and Iowa state organizer, 1887–1892.[8] Married George W. Catt, 10 June 1890, in King Co., Washington.[9] Worked with EBW in the suffrage movement; served together on the organization committee of the twenty-seventh annual convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), in Atlanta, 1895.[10] Traveled to Utah on a suffrage tour, meeting with EBW, 29–30 Oct. 1899.[11] Succeeded Susan B. Anthony as president of NAWSA, Feb. 1900; resigned, 1904.[12] Founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in Berlin, June 1904; served as president, 1904–1920.[13] Founded the League of Women Voters, 1920; served as honorary president, 1920–1947.[14] Formed and chaired the Committee on the Cause and Cure of War, 1925; resigned as chair, 1932.[15] Died 9 Mar. 1947 in New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York.[16]

 

 

[1] “U.S. Passport Applications, 1795–1925,” database and images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com, accessed 20 Dec. 2017), Carrie C Catt; from NARA Passport Applications, 2 Jan. 1906–31 Mar. 1925, NARA. 1860 U.S. Census, Ripon 2nd Ward, Fond du Lac Co., WI, pp. 108–109, Carry Lane. Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971), 1:309–313.

[2] “Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880–1940,” database and images, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com, accessed 20 Dec. 2017), Carrie Lane, from Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines. Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971), 1:309–313.

[3] “The College Commencement,” Ames (IA) Intelligencer, 12 Nov. 1880, 7. Carrie Chapman Catt, “Iowa State University Alumni Association” (http://www.isualum.org/index.cfm?nodelD=7761&audiencelD=1, accessed 10 Mar. 2018).

[4] David Hudson, Marvin Bergman, and Loren Horton, eds., The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa (Iowa City: Iowa Press for the State Historical Center of Iowa, 2008), Carrie Chapman Catt.

[5] “Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880–1940,” database and images, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com, accessed 20 Dec. 2017), Carrie Lane, from Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines.

[6] David Hudson, Marvin Bergman, and Loren Horton, eds., The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa (Iowa City: Iowa Press for the State Historical Center of Iowa, 2008), Carrie Chapman Catt. Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971), 1:310. “J. Leo ‘Leo’ Chapman,” Collins Cemetery, Collins, Story, IA, Find a Grave, posted 1 Dec. 2015, memorial no. 155591562 (http://findagrave.com, accessed 9 Mar. 2018).

[7] Carrie Chapman Catt, “Iowa State University Alumni Association” (http://www.isualum.org/index.cfm?nodelD=7761&audiencelD=1, accessed 10 Mar. 2018).

[8] David Hudson, Marvin Bergman, and Loren Horton, eds., The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa (Iowa City: Iowa Press for the State Historical Center of Iowa, 2008), Carrie Chapman Catt. Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971), 1:310.

[9] “Caroline Lane Chapman and George W. Catt,” Washington Marriages Records, 1854–2013, database and images, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com, accessed 19 Dec. 2019). King Co., WA, Marriage Records, 1855–1946; Index 1889–1946, 1889–1946, Marriage License Register, vol. 6, 1890, p. 121, George W. Catt and Caroline Lane Chapman, microfilm 4223472, image 140/369, FHL.

[10] Harriet Taylor Upton, ed., Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Convention of the National-American Woman Suffrage Association Held in Atlanta, GA., January 31st to February 5th, 1895 ([Washington DC]: The Association, [1895]), 114. EBW, Diary, 31 Jan. 1895.

[11] “Editorial Notes,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 Nov. 1899, 69. “Club Notes,” Salt Lake Herald (22 Oct. 1899) 10. EBW, Diary, 29 Oct. 1899.

[12] “Suffrage Convention Ends,” The Sun, (Baltimore) 15 Feb. 1900, 6; “Woman’s World and Work,” Daily Picayune (New Orleans), 10 Feb. 1904, 11.

[13] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 1 (Rochester, NY: Charles Mann, 1889), 805–811. “Carrie Catt Gives Up Her Position,” Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, 11 June 1920, 1.

[14] Debra Michals, “Carrie Chapman Catt,” National Women’s History Museum (https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/carrie-chapman-catt, accessed 23 Dec. 2019). David Hudson, Marvin Bergman, and Loren Horton, eds., The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa (Iowa City: Iowa Press for the State Historical Center of Iowa, 2008), Carrie Chapman Catt.

[15] Debra Michals, “Carrie Chapman Catt,” National Women’s History Museum (https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/carrie-chapman-catt, accessed 23 Dec. 2019). David Hudson, Marvin Bergman, and Loren Horton, eds., The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa (Iowa City: Iowa Press for the State Historical Center of Iowa, 2008), Carrie Chapman Catt.

[16] “New York, Death Index, 1880–1956,” database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com, accessed 7 Mar. 2018), Carrie C. Catt; from NY State Death Index, New York Department of Health, Albany, NY. “Woman Vote Leader Dies,” Dallas Morning News, 10 Mar. 1947, 1; “Carrie Chapman Catt, Fighter for Suffrage and Peace, Dies,” Evening Star (Washington DC), 10 Mar. 1947, 3.