Carrie Chapman Catt was born January 9, 1859 – died March 9, 1947. Carrie was a woman’s suffrage leader. She was elected president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) twice; her first term was from 1900 to 1904 and her second term was from 1915 to 1920. Catt, born Carrie Lane in Ripon, Wisconsin, spent her childhood in Charles City, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She became a teacher and then superintendent of schools in Mason City, Iowa in 1883. In 1885 Catt married newspaper editor Leo Chapman, but he died in California soon after. In 1890, she married George Catt, a wealthy engineer. Their marriage allowed her to spend a good part of each year on the road campaigning for woman’s suffrage, a cause she had become involved with in Iowa during the late 1880s. Catt also joined the Women’s Temperance Union. Catt became a close colleague of Susan B. Anthony, who selected Catt to succeed her as head of the NAWSA. Catt led the woman suffrage movement over the next twenty years. Catt founded the League of Women Voters in 1920. Catt was also a leader of the international woman suffrage movement. She helped to found the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA) in 1902, serving as its president from 1904 until 1923. The IWSA remains in existence, now as the International Alliance of Women. Catt was active in anti-war causes during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period she was frequently recognized as one of the most prominent female leaders of her time. Beginning around 1913, a conflict was in the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Catt supported those already in power. Her strategy was to support Woodrow Wilson as the country entered World War I. Alice Paul, who would later become the leader of the National Woman’s Party (NWP) led a parade to protest Wilson’s lack of support for the suffrage movement one day before his inauguration. In light of these differences, a split developed and the NWP was started. Catt died of a heart attack in March 1947 at age 88.


Original Carrie Chapman Catt Autographed Black and White Photo. Approx. Size 8 1/2 x 8. Written on Photo: Carrie Chapman Catt June 28, 1937. Difficult to find / Rare! Regular Price – $ 795.00.

Original Carrie Chapman Catt Autographed Typed Letter. Letter is typed on Carrie Chapman Catt 120 Paine Avenue New Rochelle New York Letterhead. Dated June 29,1937. Addressed to: Mrs. Anna White, Presbyterian Hospital, 39th and Filbert Street, West Philadelphia, Pa. Dear Mrs. White: I am sorry you must suffer and be confined to a hospital, but the right way to look at it is that you should be thankful that there are surgeons and hospitals today to take care of you. I am an old lady myself and do not have many pictures, but I confess they look very much as I do these days. Hoping for your recovery, I am, Sincerely yours, Carrie Chapman Catt Regular Price – $ 650.00 / Sale Price – $ 495.00.

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