Biographical Sketch of Mrs. M. M. Bodenbender

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.

Sources Cited:

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 Google 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 Google Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party Charter Nothing
5 Google Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party The party was founded in 1913 by Sake Meehan and Lydia Holmes
6 Google Bodenbender, Covington Bodenbenders exist in Covington, Kentucky (descendants of Mamie Bodenbender?)
7 Google 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
16 nationalwomansparty.org Bodenbender 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 Google 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 Google Covington, Louisiana records St. Tammany Parish Free Public Records Directory
28 St. Tammany Parish Free Public Records Directory M Bodenbender Nothing
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