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Suffragists in Tennessee

Anne Dallas Dudley, Nashville: Was socialite leader of the suffrage movement in Tennessee. Founded the Nashville Equal Suffrage League, president of the Tennessee Equal Suffrage League and rose to vice president of NAWSA. Indispensable campaigner for the Tennessee ratification.

Sarah Ruth Frazier, Chattanooga: Writer and lecturer, early member of the Tennessee Woman’s Press and Authors Club, Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association, lobbied for ratification of the 19th amendment. Served in the Tennessee General Assembly in the 1927-28 session. 

Lizzie Crozier French, Knoxville: Founder of Knoxville Equal Suffrage Society, and president of the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association. In 1920 at the age of 71, campaigned for equal suffrage locally and nationally and led a delegation of NWP members who marched to the Ohio home of Republican presidential nominee Warren G. Harding demanding the 36th ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Sue Shelton White, Jackson: Major figure in Tennessee suffrage. Participated in Watchfire demonstrations in Feb. 9, 1919, jailed for five days.