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 Inez Milholland

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Inez Milholland

  • Birth 6 Aug 1886 Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Death 25 Nov 1916 Lewis, Essex County, New York, USA
  • Burial Lewis, Essex County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 8660159

Suffragist. Attended Vassar College, where she excelled in track and field and drama. It was at Vassar that she first became active in the fight for women's suffrage. When the college refused to allow speakers on women's suffrage to appear on campus, Inez organized a rally in a local cemetery. Vassar suspended her for this, but she was not deterred. After graduating from Vassar in 1909, she earned a degree in labor law from NYU and became a respected attorney. In March of 1913, the day of Woodrow Wilson's presidential inauguration, 8,000 suffragettes marched for their cause in Washington D.C. Inez Milholland, dressed in white robes and riding on a white horse at the the head of the parade made a powerful and striking impression on the crowd. Later she became one of the leaders of the Congressional Union for Womens Suffrage, as well as the movement's most popular public speaker. She was also a cofounder of the N.A.A.C.P. On October 16, 1916, while giving a speech against Woodrow Wilson in Los Angeles, she suddenly collapsed. Inez Milholland lived with pernicious anemia, which had worsened due to her demanding speaking schedule and near constant travel. Ten weeks after her collapse, she died. She was thirty years old. Her last public words were, "Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?" She was the wife of Dutch businessman Jan Boissevain.

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  • Originally Created by: Orionova
  • Added: 20 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8660159
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Inez Milholland (6 Aug 1886–25 Nov 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8660159, citing Lewis Cemetery, Lewis, Essex County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .