Lucy Elmina Anthony

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Lucy Elmina Anthony
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Lucy E. Anthony, 1900
Born(1859-10-24)October 24, 1859
DiedJuly 4, 1944(1944-07-04) (aged 84)
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Alma materRochester Free Academy
OccupationSocial Activist
Partner(s)Anna Howard Shaw

Lucy Elmina Anthony (October 24, 1859 – July 4, 1944) was an internationally known leader in the Woman's Suffrage movement. She was the niece of American social reformer and women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony and longtime companion of women's suffrage leader Anna Howard Shaw.[1]


Home where Lucy Anthony lived with her companion, Anna Howard Shaw.

Lucy Elmina Anthony was born on October 24, 1859, the oldest child of Jacob Merritt Anthony (1834–1900), of Fort Scott, Kansas, and Mary Almina Luther (1839–1915).[2][3]

After graduation from the Rochester Free Academy in 1883, she worked for the suffrage movement, acting also as assistant to the committee organizing international meetings.[4] For many year she served as secretary for her aunt, Susan B. Anthony.[5] In the 1890s Lucy Anthony met Anna Howard Shaw, to become her longtime companion.[5] Lucy Anthony served as manager for Susan B. Anthony and Shaw in their world tours.[1]

Lucy Elmina Anthony

In 1891 Anthony, together with Shaw and Alice Stone Blackwell compiled The Yellow Ribbon Speaker, a collection of writings on women's suffrage.[6]

In 1903 Anna Howard Shaw built a home at 240 Ridley Creek Rd., Media, during her tenure as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and lived there with her companion, Lucy Anthony, until her death.[7] Anthony and Shaw were together for thirty years, and Anthony was by Shaw's bedside when she died.[8][9] Lucy Anthony was the executrix of both her aunt and Shaw's estates.[1]

Anthony died on July 4, 1944, at the home of a friend, Julia C. Kent, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and in her will, she left the bulk of her estate to the National League of Women Voters and Philadelphia League of Voters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Lucy E. Anthony Is Dead at 83 - 06 Jul 1944, Thu • Page 9". The Philadelphia Inquirer: 9. 1944. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ Gordon, Ann Dexter (1997). The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: When clowns make laws for queens, 1880-1887. Rutgers University Press. p. 110. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: National protection for national citizens, 1873 to 1880. Rutgers University Press. 1997. p. 313. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ Gordon, Ann D. (2009). The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Their Place Inside the Body-Politic, 1887 to 1895. Rutgers University Press. p. 7. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Wayne, Tiffany K. (2014). Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People [4 volumes]: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People. ABC-CLIO. p. 214. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. ^ The Yellow Ribbon Speaker: Readings and Recitations. Lee and Shepard. 1891. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Legendary Ladies, A Guide to Where Women Made History in Pennsylvania
  8. ^ "Dr. Anna H. Shaw, Suffragist, Dies". New York Times. 3 July 1919. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  9. ^ From the guide to the Papers, ca. 1863-1955, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute