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Collection Susan B. Anthony Papers


A chronology of key events in the life of Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), antislavery activist, reformer, and suffragist.

  • 1820, Feb. 15

    Born, Adams, Mass.

  • 1837-1838

    Student, Friends seminary near Philadelphia, Pa.

  • 1839

    Teacher, Eunice Kenyon's Friends Seminary, New Rochelle, N.Y.

  • 1846

    Headmistress, Female Department, Canajoharie Academy, Rochester, N.Y.

  • 1848

    Joined the Daughters of Temperance in Canajoharie, N.Y.

    By March 1849, had become Presiding Sister of the Montgomery Union, No. 29, of the Daughters of Temperance in Canajoharie, a position she also held after moving to Rochester, N.Y., and joining that city's union in mid-1849

  • 1849

    Managed family farm

  • 1851

    Met Elizabeth Cady Stanton; enlisted by her in woman's rights cause

  • 1852

    With Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others founded the Women's New York State Temperance Society

  • 1853

    Helped organize the "Whole World's Temperance Convention"

    Helped a group of Rochester, N.Y., seamstresses draft a code of fair wages for working women in the city

  • 1854

    Organized and participated in a canvass to obtain signatures on petitions demanding woman suffrage and improvement of the Married Woman's Property Law in New York

  • 1856

    Principal New York agent, American Anti-Slavery Society

  • 1863

    With Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others founded the Women's Loyal National League to agitate for the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ending slavery

  • 1866

    Corresponding secretary, American Equal Rights Association

    Petitioned Congress for universal suffrage

  • 1868-1870

    Published with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Parker Pillsbury the weekly Revolution

  • 1869

    Founded, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the National Woman Suffrage Association to agitate for a 16th Amendment that would outlaw disfranchisement on account of sex; provided leadership of NWSA until its merger in 1890 with the American Woman Suffrage Association

  • 1870 

    15th Amendment outlawing disfranchisement "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude" was ratified

  • 1872

    Arrested and stood trial for illegal voting in a national election

  • 1875

    Supreme Court decided in Minor v. Happersett that female citizens were not legally entitled to vote

  • 1876

    Presented a woman's Declaration of Rights with two colleagues at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • 1878

    Senator Aaron A. Sargent (R-CA) introduced in Congress the 16th Amendment extending to women the right to vote; became known as the Anthony Amendment, and later the 19th Amendment

  • 1881-1902

    Financed and coedited with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the first three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage (New York: Fowler & Wells) as well as volume four with Ida Husted Harper (New York: Fowler & Wells)

  • 1887

    16th Amendment (Anthony Amendment) defeated in U.S. Senate

  • 1888

    Founded the International Council of Women

  • 1890

    Settled in Rochester, N.Y.

    Vice president at large, National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)

  • 1892

    Trustee, State Industrial School, Rochester, N.Y.

  • 1892-1900

    President, National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)

  • 1895-1896

    Campaigned in California to secure the vote for women

  • 1895, 1898

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton published the controversial The Woman's Bible (New York: European Publishing Co. 2 vols.)

  • 1896

    NAWSA formally disassociated itself from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's views on religion

  • 1898

    Collaborated in the preparation of The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Indianapolis, Bowen-Merrill Co., 1898-1908. 3 vols.) by Ida H. Harper

  • 1900

    Retired as president of NAWSA; replaced by Carrie Chapman Catt

    Helped open the University of Rochester, N.Y., to women

  • 1904

    Founded, with Carrie Chapman Catt, the International Woman Suffrage Alliance

  • 1906, Mar. 13

    Died, Rochester, N.Y.

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