Martha Coffin Pelham Wright

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Martha Coffin Pelham Wright

Martha Coffin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on Christmas Day 1806, the youngest child of Anna Folger and Thomas Coffin, a merchant and former Nantucket ship captain. Wright organized and lead women’s rights conventions, serving as secretary of a convention in Syracuse in 1852, vice-president of a convention in Philadelphia in 1854, and then president of three different conventions in 1855. She also presided over the New York State Woman’s Rights Committee’s tenth annual women’s rights convention held in New York City in 1860. After the Civil War, Martha was also instrumental in the formation of the American Equal Rights Association, which attempted to merge the issues of black suffrage and women’s suffrage; and in early 1874 she was elected president of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

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