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Lucy Augusta Rice

5 March 1850–13 November 1928

Born 5 Mar. 1850 in present-day Farmington, Davis Co., Utah.[1] Daughter of William K. Rice and Lucy Witter Geer.[2] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24 June 1860.[3] Married Timothy B. Clark, 23 Nov. 1867, in Salt Lake City; eleven children.[4] Served as president of the Farmington Ward Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association, 1873–1880; superintendent, 1880–1884.[5] Served as second counselor to Aurelia Spencer Rogers on the Davis Stake Primary board, 1880–ca. 1906.[6] Met with EBW and other Latter-day Saint suffrage organizers, beginning 24 Jan. 1889.[7] President of the Davis Co. Woman Suffrage Association; vice president of the Utah State Suffrage Association.[8] One of three female candidates, with EBW and Martha Hughes Cannon, for the Utah Senate, 1896.[9] Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention in Washington, DC, Feb. 1900.[10] First woman seated at the Republican National Convention, 1908; first woman to cast a vote.[11] While serving as a writer for the Utah Women’s Press Club, wrote the lyrics for several songs; one was included in the Relief Society Song Book, 1919, and another was the official song of the Fort Douglas Training Camp.[12] Died 13 Nov. 1928 in Salt Lake City; buried at Farmington.[13]

 

[1] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Temple, vol. E, 1864–1866, p. 112, line 9, Lucy Rice, 24 Mar. 1865, microfilm 183405 (restricted access), FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 5 Feb. 2018), Lucy Augusta Rice (KWZR-R8W). 

[2] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Temple, vol. E, 1864–1866, p. 112, line 9, Lucy Rice, 24 Mar. 1865, microfilm 183405 (restricted access), FHL.

[3] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Temple, vol. E, 1864–1866, p. 112, line 9, Lucy Rice, 24 Mar. 1865, microfilm 183405 (restricted access), FHL.

[4] “Sealings of Couples, Living and by Proxy, 1851–1889,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. E, 1867–1869, line 10360, Timothy B. Clark and Lucy Rice, 23 Nov. 1867, microfilm 1149515 (restricted access), FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 5 Feb. 2018), Lucy Augusta Rice (KWZR-R8W). 

[5] Farmington Ward, Davis Stake, Farmington Ward Manuscript History and Historical Reports, “Y.L.M.I.A.,” LR 2816 2, CHL. Farmington Ward, Davis Stake, Farmington Ward Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association Minutes and Records, pp. 13–14, 310–311, LR 2816 17, CHL.

[6] Davis Stake Primary Association Minutes and Records, p. 1, LR 2160 18, CHL. Portrait of Farmington Ward’s First Primary Presidency (1878), Charles R. Savage, Photographer, PH 1700 4395, CHL. “Mrs. Lucy Clark Called by Death,” Davis County Clipper, 16 Nov. 1928, 1.

[7]  EBW, Diary, 24 Jan. and 1 June 1889.

[8] National Woman Suffrage Association, Report of the Sixteenth Annual Washington Convention, March 4–7, 1884 (Rochester, NY: Charles Mann Press, 1884), 160. “Notable Utah Women: Mrs. Lucy Clark,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 15 Sept. 1900, 14.  

[9] Allan Kent Powell, ed., “Elections in the State of Utah,” in Utah History Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994).

[10] “Notable Utah Women: Mrs. Lucy Clark,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 15 Sept. 1900, 1.

[11] “Woman Delegate Comes from Utah,” Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman, 16 June 1908, 1. Frank H. Hitchcock, comp., Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention, Chicago, June 16, 1908 (Washington, DC: n.p., 1908), 44.

[12] Jill Mulvey Derr, Janath Russell Cannon, and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book; Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1992), 199. Utah Women’s Press Club, Papers, ca. 1901–1928, 30 June 1917, MS 3339, CHL. “Notable Utah Women: Mrs. Lucy Clark,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 15 Sept. 1900, 1.

[13] “Utah State Archives Indexes,” database and images, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov/research/indexes, accessed 6 Sept. 2018), Department of Health, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Death Certificates, Lucy Augusta Rice Clark, 13 Nov. 1928. “Lucy Augusta Rice Clark,” Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis Co., UT; Find a Grave, posted 21 Feb. 2010, memorial no. 48415014 (http://findagrave.com, accessed 4 Dec. 2017).