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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.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906

  1. 1820, Feb. 15

    Born, Adams, Mass.

  2. 1837-1838

    Student, Friends seminary near Philadelphia, Pa.

  3. 1839

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

  4. 1846

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

  5. 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

  6. 1849

    Managed family farm

  7. 1851

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

  8. 1852

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 1856

    Principal New York agent, American Anti-Slavery Society

  12. 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

  13. 1866

    Corresponding secretary, American Equal Rights Association

    Petitioned Congress for universal suffrage

  14. 1868-1870

    Published with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Parker Pillsbury the weekly Revolution

  15. 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

  16. 1870 

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

  17. 1872

    Arrested and stood trial for illegal voting in a national election

  18. 1875

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

  19. 1876

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

  20. 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

  21. 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)

  22. 1887

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

  23. 1888

    Founded the International Council of Women

  24. 1890

    Settled in Rochester, N.Y.

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

  25. 1892

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

  26. 1892-1900

    President, National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)

  27. 1895-1896

    Campaigned in California to secure the vote for women

  28. 1895, 1898

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

  29. 1896

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

  30. 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

  31. 1900

    Retired as president of NAWSA; replaced by Carrie Chapman Catt

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

  32. 1904

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

  33. 1906, Mar. 13

    Died, Rochester, N.Y.