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SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820-1906)

Her religious connections

The parents of Susan B. Anthony, Daniel and Lucy Anthony, were members of the Quaker group. They also attended Unitarian Church services. Her father was a member of the Adams, Massachusetts Society of Friends.

After they moved to Easton, N. Y. the whole family, parents and six children, including Susan, who was twelve years old, were accepted into the Easton Quaker Meeting on October 13, 1832.

When the family moved to Rochester, N.Y. they made friends with the Quakers there. There was no minister at the Unitarian Church in Rochester at this time, but they became friends with the Rev. Samuel May of the Syracuse Unitarian Church. When Daniel Anthony died in November 1862, Samuel May came to Rochester to conduct the funeral service. Frederick Douglas, the abolitionist and Daniel's long-time friend, delivered the eulogy.

Frederick Douglas

In the 1890's the Rev. Wm. C. Gannett was the minister of the Rochester Unitarian Church, which Susan attended. Susan and his wife, Mary, became close friends. Mary Gannett was also a Quaker, even though now a Unitarian minister's wife.

The Unitarians, Universalists and The Reformed Jewish Congregation held an annual joint Thanksgiving Service in Rochester (and still do). In 1890 Dr. Gannett, Rabbi Mansberg and Susan B. Anthony were the speakers at this annual Thanksgiving Day Service.

When Miss Anthony died, her death was recorded in the Rochester Quaker Register as follows: "13th 3rd mo. 1906. Susan B. Anthony died this morning in the 87th year of her age at her home, l7th Madison St, at 12:40 o'clock. Pneumonia the cause." It was reported that: ''Mr. Gannett's church, which Susan regularly attended, was considered too small for the funeral, and the largest church in the city, the Central Presbyterian, was chosen instead." The ministers of the Unitarian and Presbyterian churches conducted the funeral ceremonies. She was buried in Mt. Hope cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.

Her home at 17th Madison Street, Rochester, N.Y. was made a National Historic Landmark in 1966 by the United States Government.

Jean Brockley

SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820-1906) Her Life and Works

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For fifty-five years of her life, Susan B. Anthony lectured and worked for the right of women to vote, Beginning at the age of 17 she argued for equal pay for teachers, coeducation and college training for girls.

She was a teacher in Canajoharie, N.Y. at the time of the first Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848, which she attended. At that time she was interested in organizing the Daughters of Temperance, but after she talked with Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Stanton in 1851, she saw the need for woman suffrage and joined them in a life-long crusade for the rights of women.

Progress of Women

This stamp honors the leaders of the woman suffrage movement with whom Susan worked. Pictured are Elizabeth Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt and Lucretia Mott. The stamp was issued in 1948 to commemorate a century of progress of American Women.

Susan B. Anthony led a group of women to the polls in Rochester in 1872 to test the right of women to the franchise under the Fourteenth Amendment. Her subsequent arrest, trial and sentence to a fine of $100.00 (which she refused to pay) were a cause c'ele'bre; other women followed her example until the case was decided against them by the Supreme Court.

Woman Suffrage

In 1890 the two-leading woman suffrage groups united to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Mrs. Stanton was its first president, Miss Anthony succeeded her in 1891 and served until 1900. In order to open college to women, Miss Anthony challenged the trustees of the University of Rochester. She raised the money they demanded, so that the University was forced to admit women to its classes in September 1900.

It wasn't until 1920, fourteen years after Miss Anthony's death that the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the vote, became the law of the land. Upon the 50th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage this stamp was issued to honor the event.

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Great pioneer who for more than half a century led the crusade for equal rights for women-political, civil and economic.

In 1860 (March 20) she secured the Married Women's Property Act in New York. In 1920 (August 26) the Woman Suffrage Amendment, for which she spoke before every Congress from 1869 to 1906, was finally included in the Constitution as the XlXth Amendment. The Equal Rights Amendment, now pending before Congress, provides that, "Man and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction."

In the Capitol at Washington there is a monument to Miss Anthony. "Suffrage for Women" was commemorated by the beautiful Anthony stamp August 26, 1936,-the most popular special stamp ever issued. Governors of 33 States and 3 Territories had in 1939 proclaimed her birthday, February Fifteenth, as Susan B. Anthony Day.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY Her Home in Rochester, NY

Susan B. Anthony

This 50¢ stamp was issued in 1954 as one of the definitive series called: "Liberty Series." Susan B. Anthony is the only woman so honored in this issue.

The Anthony Home

The Anthony house at 17 Madison Street, Rochester New York was the home of the great woman's suffrage leader from 1866 to 1906. It is now preserved by the Susan B. Anthony Memorial, Inc. It is open to visitors Wednesday through Saturday.

This was the home of Daniel and Lucy Anthony and of their children. Upon the death of the parents, Susan's sister, Mary, owned the house. Susan and Mary lived here until their deaths.

In 1945 the house was bought and restored in keeping with the time in which Miss Anthony lived.

In 1966 the Anthony house was made a National Historic Landmark by the United States Government.

Miss Anthony's desk has been returned and there are many photos and memorabilia commemorating Miss Anthony and the woman's suffrage movement.

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Added on April 21, 2010:

We are delighted to be included on your website. Thank you. We have noted some minor errors of fact. We would like to suggest the following:

The Susan B. Anthony House at 17 Madison Street, Rochester, New York, was the home of the great woman's suffrage leader from 1866 to 1906. It is now preserved by the Susan B. Anthony House, Inc., a museum and learning center. It is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday, except major holidays.

This home was purchased by Lucy Anthony, Susan B. Anthony's mother, after she was widowed. She moved into the house with two of her daughters, Susan and Mary S. Anthony. Additional Anthony family members lived there from time to time. Mary eventually acquired the home from her mother, and Susan and Mary lived here until their deaths. The house next door, at 19 Madison Street, was owned by their sister, Hannah Mosher, and her family. That house is now the Visitor Center and museum shop.

The House holds a collection of artifacts and furnishings, and there are many photos and memorabilia commemorating Miss Anthony and her lifetime work toward social reform and human rights for all.

Thank you for your consideration!
Deborah L. Hughes
Executive Director
Susan B. Anthony House
17 Madison Street
Rochester, NY 14608

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