Claflin, Tennessee C.

“Tennie C.”, colorful and controversial women’s rights advocate

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(1844-1923) “Tennie C.”, American suffragette born in Homer, Ohio. She and Victoria Woodhull, her older sister, moved to New York and became stockbrokers, starting investment firm of Woodhull, Claflin, & Company, one of first women to open a Wall Street brokerage firm. Firm was rumored to have been backed by Cornelius Vanderbilt; Claflin believed to have been his mistress. Both sisters were involved with women’s suffrage movement. She helped her sister publish Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly (1870-6), which also printed The Communist Manifesto. During the 1870s she was a flamboyant proponent of women's rights, a rumored prostitute, advocated legalized prostitution. Ran for Congress in New York before women had the right to vote. She held belief that women could serve in the military and was elected colonel of a "colored" National Guard Regiment. Moved to London 1877, married Francis Cook,Viscount of Montserrat, Portugal 1885. He became a baronet 1886, making her Lady Cook. She died in England. Signed 2 1/4 x 4 3/4 slip as “Tennie C. Claflin”. A scarce early feminist autograph!

Condition: Very good, slight mount remnants on verso
Type:Signature






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