Ellen Clark Sargent

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Ellen Clark Sargent

Ellen Clark Sargent (Massachusetts, 1826 - 1911) was an active American women's suffragette. She was influential in advocacy for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which sought to give women the right to vote.


In 1869, Sargent founded the Nevada County Women's Suffrage Organization.[1] She later served as president of the California Woman Suffrage Association.[2] She also co-founded the Century Club, San Francisco's first women's club, which still exists.[3][2]

At the national level, she was a treasurer of the National Woman Suffrage Association, which advocated for women's suffrage through a national constitutional amendment, and a friend and correspondent of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.[4][5]

Role in 19th Amendment[edit]

Sargent's husband, Aaron Sargent, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1872, from California. In 1878, he proposed to the Senate the language that was eventually adopted as the Nineteenth Amendment.[1]


Sargent was born in Massachusetts in 1826.[1] When she died in 1911 the city of San Francisco held its first public memorial for a woman,[2] and state flags were flown at half-mast.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Harris, Gloria G.; Cohen, Hannah S. (2012). Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present (illustrated ed.). The History Press. ISBN 978-1609496753. 
  2. ^ a b c Silver, Mae. "Ellen Clark Sargent". Found SF. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Cherny, Robert W. (2011-01-01). California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression. U of Nebraska Press. p. 211. ISBN 0803236085. 
  4. ^ The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: National protection for national citizens, 1873 to 1880. Rutgers University Press. 2003. p. 30. ISBN 9780813523194. 
  5. ^ Mead, Rebecca J. (2004). How the Vote was Won: Woman Suffrage in the Western United States, 1868-1914. NYU Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8147-5676-8.