Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony
by Margo

Image from 'Rochester: A Pictoral History' by Ruth Rosenberg-Naperseck; originally from the Rochester Public Library
This is one of the few pictures of Susan from the front of the face. Because Susan had a lazy eye she would often hide that side of her face from the camera.

Susan B. Anthony was born February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts and died in Rochester, New York at age 86 in 1906.

Susan lived at 17 Madison Street in Rochester, New York with Mary Anthony, Susan’s sister. Susan also moved a few times before she lived at Madison Street. The other places she lived were Battenville, Hardscrabble, Gates, which were all in New York.

The Anthony family came to live in Rochester because the 1837 depression caused Daniel, her father, to go bankrupt and lose their house in Battenville.

Susan was friends with many different people. Some of her friends where Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Fredrick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, the Porters, Isaac and Amy Post, and Ida Husted Harper. Susan did many different things with each of these friends. In 1881, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan wrote The History of Woman Suffrage together. Susan and Fredrick Douglass had many meetings together. Susan and Harriet Tubman gave a women’s temperance movement speech together. The Porter family knew Susan by working together on a petition.

Susan was arrested for illegally voting. After Susan was arrested she was taken downtown and was fined and sent to jail, but she did not go. Susan made a big deal about getting arrested so people would think about giving women the right to vote. The reason Susan took the risk is that she wanted the law to change the rule so women could vote. Susan never got married. Susan meet with President Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. She met with President Theodore Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. about submitting a suffrage amendment to Congress. Susan traveled a lot to give speeches while trying to get women to have the same rights as men. The reason Susan gave speeches is so women could have equal rights as men and be able to vote. Some of the places Susan spoke were the Wesleyen Chapel and AME Zion Church.

Strategies Susan had where publishing a newspaper called The Revolution. The purpose for the newspaper was The Revolution had many articles in the one newspaper. The articles were about how we all need equal rights. It was also about how women could get married and keep their religion. Susan also did the writing for The History of Woman Suffrage with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Also Susan did a lot of speeches. One of them was at a women’s rights convention. Susan was not at the first women’s right convention. Susan also gave a speech about women’s rights and the temperance movement with Harriet Tubman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Susan was a leader in many different things like getting women to have the same rights as men had like voting and owning property.

Another oppression Susan helped fight for was African Americans to have the same rights as white men. Susan wrote many letters in her house on Madison Street. A quote from Susan is “Failure is impossible." Susan died before women had the right to vote. In honor of Susan on voting day if you vote you can go to the Susan B. Anthony House and get in for free.

Related Links:
Susan B. Anthony House
The Anthony Family
Mary Anthony
Harriet Tubman
Frederick Douglass
Amy Post
Isaac Post
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Porter Family
Wesleyan Chapel
Frederick Douglass Monument at Highland Park Bowl
Mount Hope Cemetery

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