Pinkham, Wenona Osborne, 1882-1930

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Wenona Osborne was born in 1882, probably in the midwest. Her family traveled by "prairie schooner" to the plains of Colorado when WO was five. After her father died, perhaps while she was in high school, she became the chief financial support for her mother, three brothers, and a sister. While teaching in the Denver public schools, she earned a B.A. from the University of Denver. She married Henry W. Pinkham, a Unitarian minister and pacifist, in about 1911; they moved to Massachusetts, first to Boston and then to Newton Centre. Their daughter Louisa Catherine was born in 1915.

As state chairman of organization for the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, 1913-1915, Pinkham was presented to audiences as an example of a woman voter, since Colorado had granted women suffrage years before. In 1917, Pinkham became executive secretary of the Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government (BESAGG), and remained in this position when the organization became the Boston League of Women Voters. In late 1922 she left BESAGG and became associate executive secretary of the Massachusetts Civic League (MCL), an organization that promoted social welfare legislation and such issues as paying prisoners for their work. From 1924 until her death in 1930, Pinkham served as MCL's executive secretary. After her death, a group of her friends established a trust fund for her daughter Louisa Catherine. For additional biographical information, see #1026. For additional information about the trust fund, see the Florence Hope Luscomb papers (MC 394) at the Schlesinger Library.

From the guide to the Woman's Rights Collection (WRC), (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Papers of Grace A. Johnson in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1840-1952 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Luscomb, Florence, 1887-1985. Papers, 1856-2001 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Luscomb, Florence, 1887-1985. Papers, 1856-1987 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Pinkham, Wenona Osborne, 1882-1930. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1918-1930 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Nichols family. Papers of the Nichols-Shurtleff family, 1780-1953 (inclusive), 1850-1940 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Pinkham, Wenona Osborne, 1882-1930. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1918-1930 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-1990. Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Claflin, Adelaide Avery, 1846-1931. Papers, 1855-1921 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Johnson, Grace A. (Grace Allen), 1871-1952. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1840-1952 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1870-1960 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Stantial, Edna Lamprey. Papers of Edna Lamprey Stantial, 1861-1999. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Pinkham, Wenona Osborne, 1882-1930. Papers, 1893-1934 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Nichols-Shurtleff family. Papers, 1780-1953, (bulk: 1850-1940) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1870-1960 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Claflin, Adelaide Avery, 1846-1931. person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Johnson, Grace Allen Fitch, 1871-1952 person
associatedWith League of Women Voters (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith League of Women Voters of Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Luscomb, Florence, 1887- person
associatedWith Luscomb, Florence, 1887-1985 person
associatedWith Massachusetts Civic League corporateBody
associatedWith Nichols family. family
associatedWith NICHOLS-SHURTLEFF FAMILY family
associatedWith Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955 person
associatedWith Stantial, Edna Lamprey. person
associatedWith Willard, Mabel Caldwell person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Boston MA US
Newton MA US
Denver CO US
Colorado CO US
Subject
Women--Suffrage--Massachusetts
Women's rights
Women--Suffrage
Occupation
Teacher
Suffragists
Secretaries
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Person

Birth 1882

Death 1930

Female

Americans

English

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