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At Ripe Old Age

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

From cities to towns, the news of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's death 120 years ago on October 26, appeared in newspapers across America. The prominent coverage given to a deceased woman is strikingly different from today's obituaries, as is the inclusion of detailed subtitles and the emphasis on "old age." Here is a sampling of some of my favorite evocative headlines from October 27-31, 1902.: DEATH SUMMONS FAMOUS WOMAN, (San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA, p. 1); AT RIPE OLD AGE (The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN, 10/27/1902, p. 4)); FAMOUS SUFFRAGIST DIES AT GREAT AGE (Wood County

Reporter, Grand Rapids, WI, p. 6)

END COMES TO MRS. STANTON, (The Topeka State Journal, Topeka, KS, 10/27/1902, p. 1); NOTED WOMAN SUFFRAGIST DEAD, (The Delta Independent, Delta, CO, Oct. 31, 1902, p. 1); FAMOUS WOMAN PASSES AWAY, (Birmingham Post-Herald, Birmingham, AL, 10/27/1902, p. 1)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York. Images l-r: On Nov. 12, 2015, the 200th anniversary of her birth, I visited her grave. In 1998, I left flowers at the base of a historic marker at her house in Tenafly, NJ, that is about 3 miles my house in Englewood. I made pilgrimages to her house, where Susan B. Anthony was often in residence, while writing my book Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World. Images below: The new historic marker at the house and the soft cover edition of my book that includes a Q & A with me and discussion questions.

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