Lucy Stone was born in West Brookfield, MA on August 13, 1818 to Francis and Hannah Stone. She was best known as a prominent U.S. orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women.
Lucy attended Oberlin College, Mount Holyoke College, Wilbraham & Monson Academy. In 1847, Stone became the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She spoke out for women’s rights and against slavery.
She married Henry Browne Blackwell in 1855 and continued using her birth name after marriage, contrary to the custom of women taking their husband’s surname. She and Henry would have a daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell.
Lucy died on October 18,1893 in Dorchester, Boston, MA.
Per the NPS website: Lucy Stone did not participate in the First Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, but she was an organizer of the 1850 Worcester First National Woman’s Rights Convention. She also participated in the convention and addressed the audience. It is her 1852 speech at the National Woman’s Rights Convention in Syracuse, New York, which is credited for converting Susan B. Anthony to the cause of women’s rights. Lucy Stone participated in the 1852, 1853, and 1855 national woman’s rights conventions, and was president of the 1856 National Woman’s Rights Convention held in New York, New York.
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