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Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1825
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1911
Malden
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Social reformer, Suffragette and Author. Harriet Robinson worked as a mill operative for the Tremont Corporation at Lowell, Massachusetts. At the age of 10, she worked as a bobbin doffer. This is the person who took off full bobbins from the spinning frames and replaced them with empty bobbins. Harriet and other women workers were paid two dollars a week. In October of 1836, the Lowell Mills cut the wages of the women workers. The women gathered after work and organized together to protest this cut in pay. Their protest against wage cuts was one of the first protests in United States history. They were successful in their protest and had their wages reinstated to what it was before. Harriet became a leading suffragette. She testified before Congress on the subject of women's suffrage. The National Women's Suffrage Association, which she was a member of, was founded at Harriet's home in Malden, Massachusetts. Harriet Robinson wrote poems and stories for the ‘Lowell Offering', the mill operatives' newspaper that became nationally known. In the words of Editor Abel C. Thomas, the ‘Lowell Offering' was "the first magazine or journal written exclusively by women in the whole world." Harriet Robinson's writings included: Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement (1881), The New Pandora (1889), a dramatic poem, and Loom and Spindle (1898), a memoir of her years in the Lowell mills. The book, "A Good Poor Man's Wife": Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth-Century New England by Claudia L. Bushman, gives a dramatic account of how one strong woman, Harriet Robinson, turned to writing and politics showing the tension between women's reform clubs, antislavery reform, and domestic life. 
 
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 Spouse:
  William Stevens Robinson (1818 - 1876)
 
 Children:
  William Elbridge Robinson (1854 - 1859)*
  Edward Warrington Robinson (1859 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 04, 2010
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Harriet Jane <i>Hanson</i> Robinson
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Harriet Jane <i>Hanson</i> Robinson
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