Clay, Laura, 1849-1941

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Suffragist, social reformer.

Laura Clay, daughter of emancipationist Cassius M. Clay and his first wife, Mary Jane Warfield Clay, was born at the family estate, White Hall, in 1849. As a result of her parents' divorce and the inequitable property settlement which followed, Miss Clay decided to devote herself to improving "the unworthy position of women." She was a founder of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association and was recognized as a national leader in the women's suffrage movement. However, because she wished suffrage to be granted at the state level, she left the ranks of the national movement as the nineteenth amendment was about to be ratified. She continued to be active in the cause of women's rights after 1920, and ran unsuccessfully for the Kentucky Senate in 1923. Miss Clay also worked for the temperance movement, the Democratic party, and her Episcopal church. She died at age 92 in 1941.

From the description of Laura Clay papers, 1882-1941, 1906-1920 (bulk dates). (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13025448

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Hildreth, Ellen Stephens. Scrapbook, 1876-1902. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Lindsay family. Lindsay family papers, 1794-1932, 1867-1930 (bulk dates) University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Gibson family. Gibson-Humphreys family papers, 1840-1955, 1847-1897 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Woman's Democratic Club of Fayette County (Ky.). Woman's Democratic Club papers, 1910-1945, 1920-1932 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Papers, n.d., 1895-1939 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1877-1983 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf White, Laura R. Laura White collection, 1876-1915. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Catharine Waugh McCullouch papers in the Mary Earhart Dillon collection, 1869-1945 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1869-1945 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Clay, Laura, 1849-1941. Laura Clay papers, 1882-1941, 1906-1920 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Papers of Catharine Waugh McCulloch, 1877-1983 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Stewart, Ella Jane Seass, 1871-. Series XII of the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1895-1939 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1846-1913. Cassius Marcellus Clay papers, 1863-1913, 1885-1889 (Bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Fayette Equal Rights Association (Fayette County, Ky.). Fayette Equal Rights Association records, 1917-1920. University of Kentucky Libraries
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associatedWith Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. person
associatedWith Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906. person
associatedWith Catharine Gouger (Waugh) McCulloch, 1862-1945 person
associatedWith Catharine Gouger (Waugh) McCullouch, 1862-1945 person
associatedWith Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. person
associatedWith Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1846-1913. person
associatedWith Democratic Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Ella Jane (Seass) Stewart, 1871- person
associatedWith Episcopal Church corporateBody
associatedWith Fayette Equal Rights Association (Fayette County, Ky.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gibson family. family
associatedWith Hildreth, Ellen Stephens. person
associatedWith Kentucky Equal Rights Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Lindsay family. family
associatedWith McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, b. 1862. person
associatedWith Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919. person
associatedWith Stewart, Ella Jane Seass, 1871- person
associatedWith Upton, Harriett Taylor, 1854-1945. person
associatedWith White, Laura R. person
associatedWith Woman's Club of Central Kentucky. corporateBody
associatedWith Woman's Democratic Club of Fayette County (Ky.) corporateBody
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Kentucky
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Temperance
Women--Suffrage
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Birth 1849-02-09

Death 1941-06-29

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