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Lucy Virginia Semple Ames
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1836
Madison County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 1925
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

Pioneer St. Louis businesswoman and suffragette. Known as the "Queen of St. Louis Society," Lucy was the second daughter of Judge James Semple, later Senator Semple, of Illinois. She was married to millionaire Edgar Ames. Upon his death in 1867, she began managing his pork packing business as well as several other business ventures including the Lindell Hotel, a sugar refinery, a grain elevator, steamship lines, and insurance and banking firms. She became the president of the Ames Real Estate Company, and along with her son developed the Ames Place residential district in University City, Missouri. Placing high value on education and the rights of women, she became a member of the Equal Suffrage Society in 1869. (Some information for this biography was used with permission from the author of the book "Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales From Bellefontaine Cemetery" by Carol Ferring Shepley, published by the University of Missouri Press 2008.) 
Family links: 
  James Semple (1798 - 1866)
  Mary Stevenson Cairns Semple (____ - 1875)
  Edgar Ames (1852 - 1867)*
  Edgar Semple Ames (____ - 1866)*
  Ada Semple Ames Turner (1860 - 1929)*
  Henry Semple Ames (1863 - 1916)*
  Lucy Virginia Semple Ames (1836 - 1925)
  Eugene Semple (1840 - 1908)*
*Calculated relationship
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 75/84 Lot 395
Created by: Connie Nisinger
Record added: Jan 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32651131
Lucy Virginia <i>Semple</i> Ames
Added by: Connie Nisinger
Lucy Virginia <i>Semple</i> Ames
Added by: Connie Nisinger
Lucy Virginia <i>Semple</i> Ames
Added by: Connie Nisinger
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