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 Katharine Martha “Kit” <I>Houghton</I> Hepburn

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Katharine Martha “Kit” Houghton Hepburn

  • Birth 2 Feb 1878
  • Death 17 Mar 1951
  • Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Plot Lot: 132, Sec: 10
  • Memorial ID 7871150

Born in Corning, Steuben Co., NY
Katharine was a daughter of Caroline Garlinghouse and Alfred Augustus Houghton.

Wife of Thomas Norval Hepburn, Mother of Richard, Thomas,Robert,
Marion, Margaret, and actress Katharine Hepburn.

Hepburn co-founded the Hartford Equal Franchise League in 1913, a group that eventually numbered between 20,000-30,000 members. She later became President of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association, an affiliate of the NAWSA, actively speaking as a representative of women who were mothers as well as suffragists. In September 1917, inspired by the arrests of the White House pickets, she resigned from the Connecticut organization and joined the National Woman's Party. By November 1917 she was on the NWP's National Executive Committee, where she continued to make public appearances on behalf of the cause.

Died in West Hartford, Hartford Co., CT

She was a prominent leader in the fight for birth control. In 1916 she joined
the American Birth Control League and for many years served as its legislative
chair, speaking at rallies and before the U.S. Senate. This organization was the
forerunner of today's Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Died in West Hartford, Hartford Co., CT



  • Created by: Henry Arthur Gaugert
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Katharine Martha “Kit” Houghton Hepburn (2 Feb 1878–17 Mar 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7871150, citing Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Henry Arthur Gaugert (contributor 46561276) .