Erminia Thompson Folsom

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Erminia Thompson Folsom (6 November 1878 – 31 December 1967) was a woman suffragist and prison reformer active in Texas.

Folsom was born in 1878 in Oswego, New York to Allen Perez Folsom and Mariana Thompson Folsom. She lived in Austin, Texas from a young age, attended public schools there, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Texas in 1907. She taught school in the Austin and Fort Stockton, Texas areas. She followed her mother's example, spending much of her life as a social activist. She wrote and lectured about women's suffrage, assuming leadership positions with local and national advocacy groups. By 1919, she served the executive committee of the Texas Prison Association. She volunteered for presidential candidates and joined the temperance movement after the end of Prohibition. She died on 31 December 1967.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Erminia Thompson Folsom: An Inventory of the Erminia Thompson Folsom Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1856–1965, undated". Texas Archival Resources Online. Texas State Library Archives Commission. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Erminia Thompson Folsom to Annette Finnigan, December 23, 1912". The Movement Comes of Age. Texas State Library Archives Commission. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

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