Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920
Biography of Mrs. M.M. Bodenbender
By Caroline Alder, undergraduate student, Tulane University
The name Mrs. M.M. Bodenbender appears in History of Woman Suffrage: 1900-1920, a book consisting principally of state suffrage reports.. Mrs. Bodenbender is listed among the charter members of the Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party, and is described as being from Covington, Louisiana.
The Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party was founded in 1913 by Sake Meehan and Lydia Holmes. The original charter is neither referenced nor able to be located on the internet. Based on the technological capabilities of the era, it was likely handwritten and, thus, susceptible to human error. Extensive research led to no further mentions of Mrs. Bodenbender in any capacity. This leads one to believe that there was a misprint on the charter or that it was misread by Stanton, Anthony, Gage, and Harper.
Despite the important work she likely did, Mrs. Bodenbender seems to be a suffragist lost in history. There is no record of anyone with a similar name (Bedenbender, Boden, Badenbender, etc.) who was of the correct age during the correct time period and residing in Covington or any other part of Louisiana. However, it is highly unlikely that this person simply didn't exist. Locating the original charter for the Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party would allow researchers to scrutinize the name and determine the true identity of Mrs. Bodenbender.
Stanton, Elizabeth C., Susan B. Anthony, Matilda J. Gage, and Ida H. Harper. History of Woman Suffrage: 1900-1920. Vol. VI. New York: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922. Accessed February 19, 2017.
Tyler, Pamela "Woman Suffrage." In knowlouisiana.org Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published March 8, 2016. http://www.knowlouisiana.org/entry/woman-suffrage.
|Source||Search Terms||Brief description of what was found|
|1||M.M. Bodenbender||Book ("History of Woman Suffrage"): She was a charter member of the Woman Suffrage Party|
|2||ancestry.com||M Bodenbender||M Bodenbender (Maryland, wrong age), Margaret Bodenbender (Ohio, wrong age), and Mamie Bodenbender (correct age)|
|3||ancestry.com||Mamie Bodenbender||Multiple census documents showing that she resided in Kentucky her whole life, thus she is not the correct M. M. Bodenbender|
|4||Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party Charter||Nothing|
|5||Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party||The party was founded in 1913 by Sake Meehan and Lydia Holmes|
|6||Bodenbender, Covington||Bodenbenders exist in Covington, Kentucky (descendants of Mamie Bodenbender?)|
|7||Bodenbender, Covington, LA||Nothing|
|8||Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Website||Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000||Database|
|9||Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000||Bodenbender||Nothing except the "History of Woman Suffrage" book|
|10||Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000||Bedenbender||Nothing|
|11||Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Website||M.M. Bodenbender||Nothing|
|12||Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Website||Bodenbender, Covington||Nothing|
|13||The Gerritsen Collection||Bodenbender||Nothing|
|14||The Gerritsen Collection||Bedenbender||Nothing|
|15||"History of Woman Suffrage" book||Attempted to find sources for the claim that M.M. Bodenbender of Covington was a charter member of the Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party||Nothing|
|17||ancestry.com||M Bedenbender||Myrtle Bedenbender, born 1903 in Monroe area (wrong age and location)|
|18||ancestry.com||Bodenbender, Covington, St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||Nothing|
|19||ancestry.com||Bedenbender, Covington, St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||Nothing|
|20||ancestry.com||Bender, Covington, St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||Nothing|
|21||ancestry.com||Boden, St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||522 results|
|22||ancestry.com||M Boden, St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||Ada M Boden, correct age & location,diff name|
|23||ancestry.com||Badenbender, St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||Nothing|
|24||What can Ada be short for?||Ada isn't usually a nickname|
|25||ancestry.com||M.M., St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||70,497 results|
|26||ancestry.com||M.M. B, St Tammany, Louisiana, USA||Nothing|
|27||Covington, Louisiana records||St. Tammany Parish Free Public Records Directory|
|28||St. Tammany Parish Free Public Records Directory||M Bodenbender||Nothing|