Sara <I>Andrews</I> Spencer


Sara Andrews Spencer

Savona, Steuben County, New York, USA
Death 20 Oct 1909 (aged 71)
New York, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Section D, Lot 58, Site 6
Memorial ID 133906828 View Source
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One of the most notable women of a bygone era. The 1908 edition of “Who’s Who in America” listed her as being a principal of the Spencerian Business College in Washington DC. Mrs. Spencer proved herself an ardent advocate of woman suffrage. In 1871, she joined 72 other women in an effort to register and vote. Refused, she brought suit, which resulted in the Supreme Court’s 1874 ruling that women were citizens, but could not vote without local enabling legislation. She strongly supported measures to reform “fallen women” and was given credit for defeating bills to license red light districts in Washington DC. During the 1870’s she secured passage of legislation there for “the rescue of outcast girls”. She was secretary of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1874 to 1881, president of the Woman Franchise Association of the District of Columbia from 1871 to 1876, secretary of the district auxiliary association of the American Red Cross from 1877 to 1882 and was active and distinguished in other ways. She wrote two books “The Woman Question” and “Thirty Lessons in the English Language”. She and her husband operated a Spencerian Business College in Washington DC. Her son Len’s middle name of Garfield was given to him in honor of Senator James A. Garfield of Ohio, who was one of the Spencers' intimate friends for years before he became president. Daughter Clara Barton Spencer was named after family friend Clara Barton of the Red Cross.

Source: Jim Walsh article "Favorite Pioneer Recording Artists", Hobbies Magazine, March 1947 (article written about her son recording artist Leonard G. Spencer)

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