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 Harriet <I>Smith</I> Mills

Harriet Smith Mills

North Pitcher, Chenango County, New York, USA
Death 24 Feb 1928 (aged 102)
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Burial Pitcher, Chenango County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 66531545 · View Source
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Harriet Smith Mills had attended Oberlin College, an abolitionist college in Ohio. She married C.D.B. Mills in 1845 and traveled with him to Elyria, Ohio, where they lived from 1846 to 1851 and where, according to a 1927 newspaper article, their home was a stop on the underground railroad. When they moved to Syracuse in 1852, Harriet Mills immediately became active in abolitionism.

She also attended (or tried to attend) a January 1861 abolitionist lecture scheduled for Convention Hall. It had been organized by Rev. Samuel J. May and was to feature Susan B. Anthony and others. "When we gathered at the door of the hall," remembered Mills, "we found it packed with the mob, not a vacant seat, and their chairman was just going onto the platform. Two or three of our speakers also walked up there, but after looking into those desperate faces and seeing one man handling a pistol in his pocket, and hearing their threats, they came down and joined us at the door again. Dr. Pease invited us to his home, where we spent the afternoon, heard Mr. May, Gerrit Smith, Beriah Green, Parker Pillsbury and Susan Anthony talk, and passed resolutions." That evening, a mob burned Susan B. Anthony and Samuel J. May in effigy on Hanover Square.

Harriet Smith Mills continued her work for equality by actively supporting the woman's rights movement. In 1917, when she was ninety-one years old, she spoke at a meeting in the Onondaga County Court House to celebrate victory for woman suffrage in New York State. Three years later, she voted for her own daughter, Harriet May Mills, for Secretary of State, the first woman to run for state office in New York State.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harriet Smith Mills (16 Feb 1826–24 Feb 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66531545, citing North Pitcher Cemetery, Pitcher, Chenango County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Diane LM (contributor 47306054) .