Hunt, Jane Clothier, 1812-1889

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Jane Clothier Hunt (26 June 1812 – 28 November 1889) was an American Quaker who hosted the Seneca Falls meeting of Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Born in Philadelphia in 1812 to William and Mary Master, she moved to Waterloo in New York in 1845 when she married fellow Quaker Richard Pell Hunt, a prominent local businessman and landowner.

As progressive Quakers, Hunt and her husband were believers in social reform and humanitarian causes. They were both active supporters of abolitionism and the women's rights movement. Hunt's home in Waterloo is thought to have functioned as a station of the Underground Railroad, with a carriage house that was converted to a way station for fugitive slaves.

Women's membership and role was an important topic of discussion in Hunt's Quaker community, and she worked actively to improve women's position in the church. In 1848, Jane Hunt was part of a group of women who invited the reformer Lucretia Mott to visit New York, with Hunt offering to host the gathering at her home. Hunt invited a number of Quaker women including Mary Ann M'Clintock as well as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was not a Quaker. As a result of the meeting at Hunt's home on July 9, it was agreed to arrange an open meeting at Seneca Falls later in the month. Hunt and the other women present drafted a call for attendees that was published in the Seneca County Courier on July 14.

The assembly that would come to be known as the Seneca Falls Convention is considered to be the first organized meeting about women's rights. Hunt and her husband were both signatories to the Declaration of Sentiments and attended the Convention.

Hunt died in Chicago in 1889; her body was buried in Waterloo beside her husband.

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contributorOf Hunt Family Papers (1816-1869) United States. National Park Service.
referencedIn Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, 1848-1950, (bulk 1890-1920) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (Clinton Administration), 1993 - 2001. Tom Shea's Files , 1993 - 1994 William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Records of the First Lady's Office (Clinton Administration), 1993 - 2001. Laura Schiller's Files, 1993 - 2001 William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Records of the First Lady's Office (Clinton Administration), 1993 - 2001. Noa Meyer's Files, 1998 - 1999 William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Records of the National Park Service, 1785 - 2006. National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records, 2013 - 2017 National Archives Library, National Archives Records Administration
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spouseOf Hunt, Richard P., fl. 1846. person
associatedWith M'Clintock, Mary Ann, 1800-1884 person
associatedWith Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880 person
associatedWith Seneca Falls Convention corporateBody
associatedWith Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Philadelphia PA US
Chicago IL US
Waterloo NY US


Birth 1812-06-26

Death 1889-11-28




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