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Jessie H. Daniel Ames
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Jess Ames, was born in Palestine, Texas. Her family moved to Georgetown when she was 10, and she later graduated from Southwestern University there. In 1916, Ames organized the Georgetown Equal Suffrage League and began to write a weekly column for the Williamson County Sun. She became a protégé of Minnie Fisher Cunningham, president of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association, and served as treasurer of the group during the final fight for Texas to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. In 1919 she founded the Texas League of Women Voters. In 1924, she founded the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, a group of white women who wanted to end the vigilantism and terror that poisoned race relations in the South. By the time she retired in 1942, she had won considerable support among the public for the anti-lynching laws.

Added by: George Seitz
12/22/2006
 
 
 
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