Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Libbie Luttrell Morrow, 1875-1934

By Megan M. Atkinson, Tennessee Technological University

Libbie Luttrell Morrow was born in Nashville, Tenn. on September 20, 1875. She was one of nine children born to Civil War Confederate veteran Dr. William Morrow (1839-1910) and Elizabeth Luttrell Morrow (1842-1911). Morrow graduated from Ward Seminary and the Belmont College for Young Women and took graduate studies in English at Vanderbilt University. She died on December 30, 1934 at her sister's home in Nashville and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery. She never married.

Morrow was a writer and editor for newspapers serving for over 30 years with the Nashville Banner. She held numerous positions there including editor of the Women's Department, the society editor, the editor of the school page, and the literary editor. She also covered women's civic and professional activities in a Nashville Banner newspaper section she created.

Morrow was a charter member of the Nashville Equal Suffrage League beginning at their second meeting in 1911. She was the chairman of speaking arrangements for the Nashville Equal Suffrage League banquet for the sixth district in 1916. She assisted in securing support for suffrage from the Tennessee Women's Press and Authors' Club in 1916 through her position as an officer for the club. The Tennessee Women's Press and Authors' Club was a professional women writers club and included such members as writers Clara Cox Epperson, Maria Thompson Daviess and Rutledge Smith. She was a charter member of the club and was elected honorary president for life.

She served as director of the International League of Press Clubs and the chairperson of numerous committees of the Tennessee Federation of Women's Clubs, which endorsed the Nineteenth Amendment in 1916. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Centennial Club, the Query Club (a literary club), Nashville Golf and Country Club, Women's Historical Association, the Macdowell Club, and the Young Women's Christian Association. She was also part of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Ladies Hermitage Association, the National Society of Colonial Dames, and the Daughters of the Confederacy, Nashville Chapter No. 1.

She assisted with World War I relief work as a member of the Query Club and the Tennessee Women's Club. She was part of the Packing Committee of the Surgical Dressings Department for the Red Cross, and she performed publicity work throughout the war.


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