Seton-Thompson, Grace Gallatin, 1872-1959

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Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson was born on January 28, 1879, in Sacramento, California, the youngest of three children of Albert and Clemenzie (Rhodes) Gallatin. Her parents were divorced in 1881, and Seton-Thompson subsequently moved with her mother to New York City, where she graduated from the Packer Collegiate Institute in 1892.

During a trip to Europe in 1894, she met Ernest Thompson Seton, a naturalist and writer. They married in 1896 and had one child, a daughter Ann, nicknamed Anya, who became a well-known writer. Seton-Thompson frequently accompanied her husband on camping trips, and in 1900 published her first book, A Woman Tenderfoot, describing her trip on horseback through the Rockies. She was instrumental in organizing a woman's motor unit in France during World War I, bringing food and other aid to soldiers. By the late 1920s, Seton had separated from her husband; they were divorced in 1935.

An active committeewoman and ardent suffragist, Seton-Thompson served as vice-president and later president of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association (1910-1920). She was president of the National League of American Pen Women (1926-1928 and 1930-1932), doubling the number of branches of that organization. As chair of letters of the National Council of Women (1933-1938), she established the Biblioteca Femina, a collection of 2,000 volumes by women from all over the world. The collection was later donated to the Northwestern University Library. She also belonged to the Women's National Republican Club, Pen and Brush, the Society of Woman Geographers, and other organizations.

Seton-Thompson traveled widely during the 1920s and 1930s, visiting Japan, China, Egypt, India, South America, and Indochina, frequenting areas where "all normalcy and security is gone." She wrote five books about her adventures, including A Woman Tenderfoot in Egypt (1923) and Poison Arrows (1938). Captivated by mysticism and eastern religions, she published The Singing Traveller (1947), a collection of poems expressing these beliefs. Seton-Thompson died in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1959. For further biographical information, see Notable American Women: The Modern Period (1980).

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Photographs, 1896-1941, n.d. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson Papers MS 143., 1903-1940 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Seton-Thompson, Grace Gallatin. Papers, 1878-1989 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records of the Biblioteca Femina, 1932-1973 Northwestern University Archives
creatorOf National Council of Women of the United States Records, 1888-1976 (Bulk: 1950-1965) New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Seton-Thompson, Grace Gallatin, 1879-1959. Papers, 1860s-1993 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Seton-Thompson, Grace Gallatin. Papers, 1903-1940. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn National Council of Women of the United States Records, 1888-1976 (Bulk: 1950-1965) New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958. Papers, 1935-1958 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Beals, Jessie Tarbox. Photographs, 1896-1941 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith Bacon, Josephine Dodge Daskam, 1876-1961. person
associatedWith Beals, Jessie Tarbox, 1870-1942 person
associatedWith Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958 person
associatedWith Biblioteca Femina. corporateBody
associatedWith Boyle, Kay, 1902- person
associatedWith Brown, Gertrude F., 1867-1956. person
associatedWith Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Cronkhite, Bernice Brown, 1893-1983 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Dillon, Mary Earhart. person
associatedWith Edwards, George Wharton, 1859-1950. person
associatedWith Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939. person
associatedWith Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins, 1852-1930 person
associatedWith Gale, Zona, 1874-1938. person
associatedWith Gillmore, Inez Haynes, 1873-1970. person
associatedWith Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, 1878-1951. person
associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. person
associatedWith Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968. person
associatedWith International Council of Women corporateBody
associatedWith Lewisohn, Adolph, 1849-1938. person
associatedWith Maule, Frances, 1879-1966. person
associatedWith Montessori Educational Association corporateBody
associatedWith National American Woman Suffrage Association corporateBody
associatedWith National Council of Women of the United States corporateBody
associatedWith National League of American Pen Women. corporateBody
associatedWith Pen and Brush. corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips, Lena Madesin, 1881-1955 person
associatedWith Self-Realization Fellowship. corporateBody
parentOf Seton, Anya. person
spouseOf Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946. person
associatedWith Society of Women Geographers corporateBody
associatedWith Upton, Harriet Taylor, 1853-1945 person
associatedWith Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith, 1856-1923 person
associatedWith Women's National Republican Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Woodcraft League of America. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Arab Republic of Egypt 00 EG
Connecticut CT US
Sacramento CA US
Philippine Islands 00 PH
Republic of France 00 FR
Republic of Indonesia 00 ID
People’s Republic of China 00 CN
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Pen and Brush
Spiritual life
Women authors, American--20th century--Sources
Love-letters
Feminists--United States--History--20th century
Women travelers--History--20th century--Sources
Women--Suffrage
Camping
Divorce
Voyages and travels
Women authors
Women--Suffrage--Songs and music
Feminists--History--20th century
Women hunters--History--20th century--Sources
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Authors
Suffragists
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Birth 1872-01-28

Death 1959-03-19

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Americans

English

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