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May Wright Thompson Sewall

May 27, 1844–July 22, 1920

Born at Milwaukee; daughter of Mary Weeks Brackett and Philander Montague Wright. Graduated from Northwestern University, 1866. Married first Edward Thompson, circa 1872. Moved to Indianapolis. Widowed, circa 1876. Married second Theodore Lovett Sewall, 1880. Founder and principal of the Girls’ Classical School in Indianapolis. Helped found the Indiana Association for Promoting Woman’s Suffrage. Served as an officer on the National Council of Women, 1888–1899. Led the World’s Congress of Representative Women held at the Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. Appointed president of the International Council of Women, 1889. Died at Indianapolis. 1 (See Document 4.27)


  1. [1] Taken from “Sewall, May Eliza Wright,” in Dictionary of American Biography, ed. Dumas Malone (New York: Charles Scriber’s Sons, 1963), 8:610. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed May 2023), May Wright Thompson KDST-Q6R.