WOMAN'S SUFFRAGE AND ABOLITION MOVEMENT

TIMELINE

1800-1849

Researched and compiled by Leslie Blankenship, Columbus, Ohio

1807
New Jersey is last state to take away women's right to vote.

1830s
Era of reform; women are avid participants.

1833
Oberlin College is founded; first college in the nation to admit persons regardless of race or gender (29 men. 15 women).

1840s
Abby Kelly becomes nationally-known orator and fundraiser for causes of both abolition and women suffrage; settles in Western Reserve area of Ohio; founds Western Antislavery Society.

Elizabeth Greer is educated at the Worthington Female Seminary and begins teaching at this institution.

Summer 1840
English and French male delegates refuse to seat women abolitionist delegates Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Antislavery Convention in London. Despite bitter protest by male U.S. delegates, female abolitionists are prevented from addressing the Convention. This incident humiliates women delegates and convinces them that their position is no better than that of slaves.

1841
Sophia Stone marries Fernando Cortez Kelton at age of 22, moves to house on 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio; has 7 children.

1843
Abbey Kelly comes to Columbus, Ohio to speak out against slavery.

1844
Elizabeth Greer marries Harvey Coit at the age of 24; moves to a house on 3rd Street in Columbus, Ohio; has 8 children.

1845
Abby Kelly helps establish an influential newspaper in the Western Reserve -- The Antislavery Bugle (soon has 700 subscribers); joins fellow abolitionist Stephen Foster in Quaker marriage at the age of 34; moves to Salem, Ohio; has daughter Alla.

27 March 1846
Jerry Finney, 15-year resident of Columbus, Ohio hotels, is kidnapped for allegedly being a fugitive slave and is sent back to bondage in Kentucky. Outraged, Columbus residents eventually raise money to buy his freedom.

10 March 1848
Mexican War ends, expanding U.S. slave territory into Texas.

19-20 July 1848
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, still upset over their treatment eight years earlier in London at the World antislavery Convention, call first Woman's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the "social, civil and religious rights of women."

One of the most radical ideas put forth by Mrs. Stanton was phased as follows:
"Resolved, that it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise."

Outlining the Conventions' Declaration of Principles, Mrs. Stanton wrote

"In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object. We shall employ agents, circulate tracts, petition the State and national legislatures, and endeavor to enlist the pulpit and the press on our behalf. We hope this Convention will be followed by a series of Conventions embracing every part of the country."

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