Margaret Fay Whittemore

Margaret Fay Whittemore (1884-1937) was an American suffragist.

Margaret Fay Whittemore
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Margaret Whittemore, 1925
Born1884 (1884)
Chicago, Illinois
DiedDecember 2, 1937(1937-12-02) (aged 52–53)
Santa Barbara, California
Campaign in Oregon "We Demand an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Infranchising Women."


The granddaughter of Quaker Suffragist Eliza Seaman Leggett, Whittemore was born in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Whittemore was an active suffragist. In 1912 she joined the Equal Suffrage League of Wayne County. She joined the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (CUWA) in 1914 and then became a member of the National Woman's Party (NWP).[1]

In 1915 Whittemore organized state branches of the CUWA in California, Michigan, and Ohio. Her sister-in-law, Marjorie Miller Whittemore, became head of the Michigan branch of the subsequent National Woman's Party.[1]

Through the NWP Whittemore was involved in advocating for federal suffrage in the western states of Washington,[2] Oregon,[3] and Idaho. In 1918, she was head of the Idaho election campaign where she was unsuccessful in the campaign to persuade Idaho Senator William Borah to support the vote for the suffrage amendment.[4]

In 1922, after women had won the right to vote, Whittemore continued her activism, specifically she and Mabel Vernon drove from Indiana to California, supporting women candidates running in the 1924 elections. In 1925, Whittemore became one of five vice-presidents of the National Woman's Party.[1]

Whittemore died in Santa Barbara, California on 2 December 1937.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Keating, James. "Biographical Sketch of Margaret Fay Whittemore". Biographical Database of Militant Suffragists, 1913–1920. Alexander Street Documents. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Campaign in Oregon-- Margaret Fay Whittemore, Mary Gertrude Fendall, Pendleton, Oregon, Sept 23, '16". Library of Congress. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Margaret Whittemore campaigning in Oregon in white on platform". Library of Congress. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Margaret Fay Whittemore (b. 1884)". Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. Retrieved 11 November 2019.

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