A chronology of key events in the life of Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), antislavery activist, reformer, and suffragist.
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906
1820, Feb. 15
Born, Adams, Mass.
Student, Friends seminary near Philadelphia, Pa.
Teacher, Eunice Kenyon's Friends Seminary, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Headmistress, Female Department, Canajoharie Academy, Rochester, N.Y.
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
Managed family farm
Met Elizabeth Cady Stanton; enlisted by her in woman's rights cause
With Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others founded the Women's New York State Temperance Society
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
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
Principal New York agent, American Anti-Slavery Society
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
Corresponding secretary, American Equal Rights Association
Petitioned Congress for universal suffrage
Published with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Parker Pillsbury the weekly Revolution
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
15th Amendment outlawing disfranchisement "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude" was ratified
Arrested and stood trial for illegal voting in a national election
Supreme Court decided in Minor v. Happersett that female citizens were not legally entitled to vote
Presented a woman's Declaration of Rights with two colleagues at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, Pa.
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
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)
16th Amendment (Anthony Amendment) defeated in U.S. Senate
Founded the International Council of Women
Settled in Rochester, N.Y.
Vice president at large, National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
Trustee, State Industrial School, Rochester, N.Y.
President, National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
Campaigned in California to secure the vote for women
Elizabeth Cady Stanton published the controversial The Woman's Bible (New York: European Publishing Co. 2 vols.)
NAWSA formally disassociated itself from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's views on religion
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
Retired as president of NAWSA; replaced by Carrie Chapman Catt
Helped open the University of Rochester, N.Y., to women
Founded, with Carrie Chapman Catt, the International Woman Suffrage Alliance
1906, Mar. 13
Died, Rochester, N.Y.