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Hannah Clothier Hull

Hannah Hallowell Clothier Hull (July 21, 1872 – July 4, 1958) was an American clubwoman, feminist, and pacifist, one of the founders and leaders of the Women's Peace Party and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Hannah Hallowell Clothier Hull
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Hannah Hallowell Clothier

(1872-07-21)July 21, 1872
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 4, 1958(1958-07-04) (aged 85)
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Alma materSwarthmore College
OccupationSocial Activist, Politician
William Isaac Hull (m. 1898)

Early lifeEdit

Hannah Hallowell Clothier was born in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, to Quaker parents Isaac Hallowell Clothier and Mary Clapp Jackson Clothier. Her father was co-founder of the Strawbridge & Clothier department stores. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1891.[1]


"Peace issues discussed with president, Washington, D.C. Sept. 30, 1936. Delegation from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom leaving the White House today after discussing peace issues with President Roosevelt. The women plan to campaign during the month of October. In the group, left to right: (front) Miss Dorothy Detzer, recently returned from the world Peace Congress in Brussels; Mrs. Hannah Clothier Hull, President of the League; Dr. Gertrude C. Bussey, of Goucher College; Mrs. Ernest Gruening. Back row, left to right: Mrs. Frank Aydelotte, of Swarthmore, Pa., and Mrs. Mildred S. Olmstead, who just made an expensive trip through the West and Middle West speaking on the need for peace"

Hannah Clothier Hull volunteered at the College Settlement House in Philadelphia after she graduated from Swarthmore.[2] She attended the Second Hague Conference for International Peace in 1907. She was chair of the Women's Peace Party in Pennsylvania from 1914 to 1919, through World War I. In 1922 she attended the International Conference of Women held at the Hague.[1] From 1928 until 1947, Hannah Clothier Hull was on the board of the American Friends Service Committee. In 1932 Hull was a delegate to League of Nations Disarmament Conference.[3] She was an officer of the American branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom from 1924 until 1939,[4] and then held the title honorary president until her death in 1958.[5]

She was president of the Swarthmore Woman's Club, and chaired the suffrage committee of the State Federation of Pennsylvania Women. She was on the board of directors at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Hannah Clothier married fellow Quaker William Isaac Hull, a political science professor at Swarthmore College in 1898.[7] They had two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. She was widowed in 1939, and died in 1958, after a heart attack at her home in Swarthmore, aged 85 years.[1] Her papers are archived in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Bernice Berry Nichols, "Hannah Hallowell Clothier Hull" in Barbara Sicherman, ed., Notable American Women: The Modern Period (Harvard University Press 1980): 355-356. ISBN 9780674627338
  2. ^ Galja Barish Votaw, "Hannah Clothier Hull Has Made Peace Prime Concern" Delaware County Daily Times (May 2, 1950): 7. via 
  3. ^ "Hannah Clothier Hull". Women In Peace. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Mrs. Hull is Guest of YWCA Group; Talks on Peace" Gazette and Daily (May 22, 1936): 2. via 
  5. ^ Henry J. Cadbury, "Hannah Clothier Hull (1872-1958)" Friends Journal (August 23, 1958): 478.
  6. ^ Elaine Heinemann, "Mrs. Hannah Clothier Hull recalls 40 years Participation in WIL" Delaware County Daily Times (July 10, 1957): 10. via 
  7. ^ "A Notable Wedding" Philadelphia Inquirer (December 28, 1898): 2. via 
  8. ^ Hannah Clothier Hull Papers (DG 016), Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

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