Monday, March 15, 2010

On March 15

On this day in ....
... 1852, one Ellen Clark married, and taking her groom's surname, became Ellen Clark Sargent (left), the name by which she would become a leading suffragist. She allied with IntLawGrrls foremother Susan B. Anthony and others. Ellen's wedding day is among the few precise dates in her life to be found online; many accounts subsume mention of her in stories principally about her husband, U.S. Senator Aaron Augustus Sargent (R-Calif.), who introduced into Congress the text of what would become 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women's suffrage. Yet when she died in 1911 Ellen -- a president of the California Woman Suffrage Association -- was prominent enough that a memorial service was held in her honor in downtown San Francisco's Union Square.

(Prior March 15 posts are here, here, and here)

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