Born 1810 in Townshend, Windham County, Vermont. She divorced her first husband JUSTIN CARPENTER, 16 Feb. 1843, with whom she had three children, BIRSHA, CHAPIN and AURELIUS. She then became a newspaper reporter and publisher in Windham County. She became interested in the Suffrage movement at that time and became nationally known. She moved to Kansas in the 1850s with her second husband, GEORGE W. NICHOLS, who soon died. CLARINA became very active in suffrage in the state of Kansas and also worked against slavery. She worked as a reporter during these years. Kansas became a major battleground for women's suffrage and CLARINA was joined in 1867 by SUSAN B. ANTHONY, LUCY STONE, OLYMPIA BROWN and ELIZABETH CADY STANTON in the Kansas campaign for equal suffrage, but the state would wait until 1912 for women to get the vote.
The Forgotten Feminist of Kansas,
Kansas Historical Quarterly, Summer 1973 The Papers of Clarina I. H. Nichols, 1854-1885