Evelyn Wotherspoon Wainwright

Evelyn Wotherspoon Wainwright (1853-1929) was an American suffragist and Washington hostess.

Evelyn Wotherspoon Wainwright
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Evelyn Wotherspoon

(1853-06-13)June 13, 1853
Washington, D.C.
DiedNovember 24, 1937(1937-11-24) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Other namesMrs. Richard Wainwright
Richard Wainwright
m. 1849; died in 1926)


Wainwright née Wotherspoon was born on June 13, 1853 in Washington, D.C. In 1873 she married the military officer Richard Wainwright (1849-1926)[1] with whom she had three children.[2]

Wainwright was a suffragist.[3] She was a founding member of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage and the National Woman's Party (NWP). Wainwright used her position as a Washington socialite to further the cause of suffrage by hosting parties and receptions, specifically, in December 1915 she held a reception for the Congressional Union of Woman Suffrage. Wainwright was also known as a public speaker, speaking at the U.S. Senate Committee and the House of Representative. She presented a speech called Appeal to Lafayette at a Lafayette Monument demonstration in 1917[2] Wainwright picketed the White House during Woodrow Wilson's administration as part of the Silent Sentinels[4]

Wainwright served as the Chairman of the Committee on Presentation of Picket Pins for the NWP.[2] The picket pins were available to all NWP members who picketed between 1917 and 1919.[5]

Wainwright was also involved with the organization of the Girl Pioneers of Washington, which later became part of the Girl Scouts of America.[2]

Wainwright died on November 24, 1937, in Washington, D.C. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Richard Wainwright, Rear Admiral, United States Navy". Arlington Cemetery.net. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Novara, Elizabeth A. "Biographical Sketch of Evelyn Wotherspoon Wainwright (Mrs. Richard Wainwright)". Biographical Database of Militant Women Suffragists, 1913-1920. Alexander Street Documents. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ Suffragist. National Woman's Party. 1920.
  4. ^ Chapman, Mary (2014). Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism. Oxford University Press. pp. 75–76. ISBN 9780199988303.
  5. ^ "For Democracy: Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment". Alice Paul Institute. Retrieved 22 October 2019.

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