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Elizabeth Cady

12 November 1815–26 October 1902

Born 12 Nov. 1815 in Johnstown, Fulton Co., New York.[1] Daughter of Daniel Cady and Margaret Livingston.[2] Married Henry B. Stanton, 10 May 1840, in Johnstown; seven children.[3] Met Lucretia Mott at the World’s Antislavery Convention in London, to which her husband was a delegate, May 1840.[4] Cofounded the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, Seneca Co., New York, 19–20 July 1848.[5] Cofounder and president of the New York Woman’s Temperance Society, 20 Apr. 1852.[6] Successfully campaigned to expand New York’s Married Women’s Property Law of 1860.[7] Petitioned Congress for universal suffrage, 29 Jan. 1866.[8] Proposed the American Equal Rights Association for universal suffrage, 10 May 1866.[9] Ran for Congress in New York, Nov. 1866.[10] Joined with Susan B. Anthony and Parker Pillsbury to publish a weekly newspaper, the Revolution, beginning 8 Jan. 1868.[11] Organized the National Woman Suffrage Association; president, 15 May 1869–1892.[12] Lectured with Susan B. Anthony in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, 21 June 1871.[13] Argued before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of women’s right to vote, 11 Feb. 1872.[14] Cowrote and edited the first three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage, a six-volume work of the movement, 1881–1922.[15] Founding member of the International Conference of Women, 25 Mar. 1888, in Washington, DC.[16] Merged the National Women’s Suffrage Association with the American Suffrage Association, 18 Feb. 1890.[17] Celebrated her eightieth birthday; Utah women presented her with a gift of a black onyx and silver ballot box, 12 Nov. 1895.[18] Visited by EBW, 26 Feb. 1899, in New York City.[19] Attended the International Conference of Women in Washington, DC, which EBW also attended, 12 Feb. 1902.[20] Died 26 Oct. 1902 in New York City.[21]

 

[1] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 2. Mabel Ward Cameron, Biographical Cyclopaedia of American Women, vol. 1 (New York: Halvord Publishing, 1924), 64. Ida Husted Harper, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” American Monthly Review of Reviews 26 (July–Dec. 1902): 716. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 23 Jan. 2019), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (M6KV-5XC).

[2] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 2–3. Mabel Ward Cameron, Biographical Cyclopaedia of American Women, vol. 1 (New York: Halvord Publishing, 1924), 64. Ida Husted Harper, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” American Monthly Review of Reviews 26 (July–Dec. 1902): 715.

[3] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 60. Ida Husted Harper, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” American Monthly Review of Reviews 26 (July–Dec. 1902): 716. 1850 U.S. Census, Seneca Falls, Seneca Co., NY, p. 615, E C Stanton. 1860 U.S. Census, 4th Ward, Seneca Falls Village, Seneca Co., NY, p. 117, Elizabeth C. Stanton.

[4] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 83. Mabel Ward Cameron, Biographical Cyclopaedia of American Women, vol. 1 (New York: Halvord Publishing, 1924), 65.

[5] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 148. Mabel Ward Cameron, Biographical Cyclopaedia of American Women, vol. 1 (New York: Halvord Publishing, 1924), 65.

[6] Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 1 (Indianapolis and Kansas City, MO: Bowen-Merrill, 1899), 67. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 1 (Rochester, NY: Fowler & Wells, 1881), 484.

[7] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 1 (Rochester, NY: Fowler & Wells, 1881), 256. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 220–225.

[8] “Petition for Universal Suffrage, Signed by Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Others,” data and images, Universal Suffrage, Featured Congressional Documents, The Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives, Archives.gov (https://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/suffrage, accessed 15 Jan. 2019).

[9] Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 1 (Indianapolis and Kansas City, MO: Bowen-Merrill, 1899) 259–260. 

[10] “A Lady Candidate for Congress,” Daily Union Vedette (Salt Lake City), 3 Nov. 1866, 1. Mabel Ward Cameron, Biographical Cyclopaedia of American Women, vol. 1 (New York: Halvord Publishing, 1924), 66.

[11] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 1 (Rochester, NY: Fowler & Wells, 1881), 46. “First Page of the First Issue of the Revolution,” Lewis & Clark Digital Collections, vol. 1, no. 1 (http://digitalcollections.lclark.edu/items/show/9833, accessed 24 Jan. 2019).

[12] Mabel Ward Cameron, Biographical Cyclopaedia of American Women, vol. 1 (New York: Halvord Publishing, 1924), 66. Ida Harper, ed., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5 (Rochester, NY: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922), 1. Susan B. Anthony and Ida Harpers, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Hollenbeck Press, 1902), 186.

[13] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 283–284. “Woman’s Suffrage,” Salt Lake Daily Herald, 30 June 1871, 3.  Advertisement, Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 21 June 1871, 2. 

[14] “The Woman Suffragists,” Salt Lake Daily Herald, 25 Feb. 1872, 3. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2 (Rochester, NY: Charles Mann, 1887), 164, 497.

[15] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 322–323. Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1902), v.

[16] Susan B. Anthony and Ida Harpers, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Hollenbeck Press, 1902), 125. “Founding Members of the International Council of Women (ICW), Washington-New York, 1888,” International Council of Women (http://www.icw-cif.com/01/03.php, accessed 24 Jan. 2019).   

[17] “The National American Woman Suffrage Association,” National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, Articles and Essays, Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/collections/national-american-woman-suffrage-association/articles-and-essays/the-national-american-woman-suffrage-association/, accessed 24 Jan. 2019).  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2 (Rochester, NY: Charles Mann, 1887), 164.

[18] Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1815–1897) Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (New York: European Publishing, 1898), 464. Harriet Sigerman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The Right Is Ours (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), 118. “Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” Deseret Weekly (Salt Lake City), 16 Nov. 1895, 15.

[19] EBW, Diary, 26 Feb. 1899.

[20] Ida Harper, ed., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5 (Rochester, NY: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922), 23, 24. EBW, Diary, 12 Feb. 1902.

[21] Works Projects Administration for the City of New York, Manhattan Death Certificates, 1866–1919, project no. 265-1-97-28, work project no. 1, cert. no. 30921, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 26 Oct. 1902, microfilm 4006259, image 1826/2473, FHL. “Death of Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” Watertown (NY) Daily Times, 27 Oct. 1902.