Florence Wyman <I>Richardson</I> Usher

Florence Wyman Richardson Usher

Death 30 Mar 1966 (aged 77)
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 53, Lot 2405
Memorial ID 169322479 · View Source
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With her mother, Florence Wyman Richardson, Mrs. Usher was one of the Group of Ten who met in early 1910 at the home of Miss Marie Garesche to organize the St. Louis Equal Suffrage League. Their purpose was not to demand the right to vote, as we might expect. No; they dared to educate women as to what to their obligations would be as voting citizens. There was much to consider. Many felt women incapable of bearing such a responsibility. Many women felt this to be the case. To build momentum only to have the effort fail utterly might damage the democracy.

On 10 April 1910 the ten charter members met with 50 new, sincere women. Mrs. Florence W. Richardson was elected president. Within the year three chapter formed the Missouri state chapter. In April, 1911 Mrs. George Gellhorn was elected president.

Think of it: Both women had fine, intelligent daughters; and both daughters would marry and divorce Ernest Hemingway. Hadley Richardson and Martha Gellhorn. Neither questioned the fact that they had the freedom to live daring lives abroad.

Hemingway said, "If one is perpetually doomed to marry people from St. Louis, it's best to marry them from the best families."

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 169322479
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florence Wyman Richardson Usher (14 Mar 1889–30 Mar 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169322479, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Anna Jaech (contributor 47861515) .