Willard, Frances E.

1892 pencil ALS on letterhead as President of the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union

Price: $150.00

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(1839-1898) American educator, temperance reformer, and women's suffragist, instrumental in passage of 18th (Prohibition) & 19th (Women Suffrage) Amendments to the Constitution. Spent most of her childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin, at 18 moved to Evanston, Ill. to attend Northwestern Female College. Became president of Evanston College for Ladies in 1871, which merged with Northwestern University in 1873. She became 1st Dean of Women, resigning 1874. She traveled the East Coast on behalf of women's suffrage and temperance. In 1874 helped create the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), elected First Corresponding Secretary, then, in 1879, elected President, which she held for the rest of her life. Created the Formed Worldwide WCTU in 1883, elected President 1888. Willard also founded the magazine “The Union Signal”, editor 1892-98. As President of the WCTU, crux of Willard’s argument for female suffrage was based on platform of "Home Protection." She bequeathed her Evanston home to the WCTU and in 1965 the Frances Willard House became a National Historic Landmark. She was the 1st woman represented in Statuary Hall in the US Capitol. The Frances Elizabeth Willard relief by Lorado Taft, commissioned by the National WCTU in 1929, is in the Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis. ALS “FEWillard” in pencil on 8 ˝ x 5 ˝ engraved "World’s and National Woman’s Christian Termperance Union, Office of President, Evanston, Ill." letterhead, "En Route (Excuse Pencil)”, April 8, 1892, showing her as President of the National W.C.T.U. Willard writes a Mr. Ward, stating that she and Lady Hardy sincerely desire to meet Mrs. Ward and himself, asks that he please telegraph Woodland Park Hotel in Auburndale (Massachusetts) if they can see the Wards on Saturday morning the 9th.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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