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Ida A. Husted

18 February 1851–14 March 1931

Born 18 Feb. 1851 in Fairfield, Franklin Co., Indiana.[1] Daughter of John Arthur Husted and Cassandra S. Stoddard.[2] Attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Monroe Co., Indiana, 1867.[3] Taught school; became principal of the high school in Peru, Miami Co., Indiana.[4] Married Thomas W. Harper, 28 Dec. 1871, in Delaware Co., Indiana; one child.[5] Wrote articles and a column titled “A Woman’s Opinions” for the Terre Haute Saturday Evening Mail, 1872–1882, and a monthly column titled “The Woman’s Department” for the Locomotive Firemen’s Magazine, 1883–1894.[6] Divorced, Feb. 1890.[7] Secretary of the Indiana Woman’s Suffrage Association.[8] Editor in chief for the Terre Haute Daily News, 1890.[9] Member of the Indiana Press Club and delegate to the National Editorial Association, 1892.[10] Wrote a monograph for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.[11] Moved to Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., California, and managed press relations for Susan B. Anthony during the California suffrage campaign, 1893–1896.[12] Selected by Susan B. Anthony as her official biographer; resided with her in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, 1897.[13] Published The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, 1898–1908; signed copies of two volumes and inscribed them “to the women who were loyal to the end of her great work” and “to the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the first organized charity.”[14] Chair of the International Council of Women’s Press Committee, 1899–1902.[15] Met with EBW in London, 12 July 1899; corresponded with EBW, 1900–1902.[16] Edited volume four of the History of Woman Suffrage with Susan B. Anthony, 1902; wrote volumes five and six, 1922.[17] Delegate to the International Council of Women, 1909–1922.[18] Author of Suffrage Snapshots, 1915.[19] Chair of the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s publicity committee, 1916–1919.[20] Died 14 Mar. 1931 in Washington DC; buried in Muncie, Delaware Co., Indiana.[21]

 

[1] Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:139. 1860 U.S. Census, Fairfield, Franklin Co., IN, p. 123, Ida C. Husted. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org accessed 2 Oct. 2019), Ida A. Husted (LBP6-55F).

[2] Warren Co., OH, Probate Court, Marriage Records, 1834–1854, vol. 2, p. 382, entry 6694, John Husted, microfilm 1514073, DGS 4017489, image 258/325, FHL. 1860 U.S. Census, Fairfield, Franklin Co., IN, p. 123, Ida C. Husted. Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:139.

[3] Annual Report of Indiana University, Including the Catalogue for the Academical Year MDCCCLXVII–IX (Indianapolis: Indiana University, 1869), 14. Nancy Baker Jones, “A Forgotten Feminist: The Early Writings of Ida Husted Harper, 1878–1894,” Indiana Magazine of History 73, no. 2 (June 1977): 82.

[4] Nancy Baker Jones, “A Forgotten Feminist: The Early Writings of Ida Husted Harper, 1878–1894,” Indiana Magazine of History 73, no. 2 (June 1977): 82. 1870 U.S. Census, Peru 3rd Ward, Miami Co., IN, p. 17, Ida Husted.

[5] Delaware Co., IN, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Marriage Records, 1827–1957, vol. 5, 1866–1872, p. 562, Thomas W. Harper and Ida A. Husted, 28 Dec. 1891, microfilm 2069288, DGS 4476519, image 626/654, FHL. 1900 U.S. Census, Rochester 11th Ward, Monroe Co., NY, ED 73, p. 9A, Ida Harper.

[6] Nancy Baker Jones, “A Forgotten Feminist: The Early Writings of Ida Husted Harper, 1878–1894,” Indiana Magazine of History 73, no. 2 (June 1977): 79. Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:139.

[7] Nancy Baker Jones, “A Forgotten Feminist: The Early Writings of Ida Husted Harper, 1878–1894,” Indiana Magazine of History 73, no. 2 (June 1977): 88n32. Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:139.

[8] Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1902), 615.

[9] Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:139.

[10] “A Biography of Susan B. Anthony,” San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Dec. 1896, 10.

[11] Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1902), 627n256. Ida A. Harper, Indiana World’s Fair Monographs: The Associated Work of the Women of Indiana (Indianapolis: William B. Burford, 1893). “A Biography of Susan B. Anthony,” San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Dec. 1896, 10.

[12] Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:139.

[13] Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1902), ix. “A Biography of Susan B. Anthony,” San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Dec. 1896, 10. Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:139.

[14] Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1902), 719, 1042. Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, 2 vols. (Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill, 1899). Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, 3 vols. (Indianapolis: Hollenbeck Press, 1908). Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:140. Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony: Including Public Addresses, Her Own Letters and Many from Her Contemporaries during Fifty Years (Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill, 1898).

[15] Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1902), 491. Nancy Baker Jones, “A Forgotten Feminist: The Early Writings of Ida Husted Harper, 1878–1894,” Indiana Magazine of History 73, no. 2 (June 1977): 98.

[16] EBW, Diary, 12 July 1899; 4 Dec. 1900; 17 Jan. 1902; 16 Sept. 1902. Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:140.

[17] Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1902). Ida Husted Harper, ed., The History of Woman Suffrage, vols. 5 and 6 (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1922). Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:140.

[18] Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:140.

[19] Ida Husted Harper, Suffrage Snapshots (Washington DC: Leslie-Judge Publishing, 1915). Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:140.

[20] “Suffrage Press League in Letter,” Sunday Journal-News (Evansville, IN), 25 Feb. 1917, 6. Edward T. James, Clifton J. Phillips, and Paul S. Boyer, eds., Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971), 2:140. Nancy Baker Jones, “A Forgotten Feminist: The Early Writings of Ida Husted Harper, 1878–1894,” Indiana Magazine of History 73, no. 2 (June 1977): 97, 99.

[21] Washington DC, Health Department, Interments, 1855–1874; Death Certificates, 1874–1931, record no. 334254, Mrs. Ida Husted Harper, microfilm 2116111, DGS 4032438, image 612/2992, FHL. “Ida Husted Harper, Lecturer, Will Be Buried at Muncie,” Evansville (IN) Journal, 17 Mar. 1931, 5.