Biographical Sketch of Bernice Tuttle

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Bernice Tuttle, 1880-1973

By Megan Cole, Student, and Melanie Gustafson, professor, University of Vermont

Speaker, 1919 Annual Convention of the Vermont Equal Suffrage Association

Bernice Tuttle was born on March 24, 1880 in Rutland, Vermont, to Egbert Clayton Tuttle and Rachel Mann Tuttle. Her father founded Tuttle Publishing, a publisher of genealogies and the Rutland Herald newspaper. Bernice Tuttle died on October 9, 1973.

After graduating from Rutland High School, Bernice Tuttle attended Smith College graduating with the class of 1902. She then moved to New York City, where she worked in the editorial offices of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Upon returning to Vermont, she worked in her father's publishing company eventually becoming president.

Bernice Tuttle was an active clubwoman. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Vermont Society of Colonial Danes. She cofounded the Rutland Woman's Club and the Rutland Historical Society. She also served as president of the Vermont Child Welfare Bureau. It was in this capacity that she spoke at the 1919 convention of the Vermont Equal Suffrage Association. Tuttle did not hold any official positions in the VESA but she did serve on the Committee on Arrangements, which organized a march of 400 women on the Vermont State House to convince Governor Percival W. Clement to convene a special session of the Vermont Legislature to vote on the federal suffrage amendment. In 1920, Tuttle was the secretary of the Vermont Republican State Convention and an alternate to the Republican National Convention. Tuttle was also a member of the Vermont League of Women Voters.

Sources:

Joanna Tebbs Young, "Bernice R. Tuttle: Being the Change, Rutland Reader, March 2013, at http://www.rutlandreader.com/bernice-r-tuttle-being-the-change/

Ida Husted Harper, History of Woman Suffrage, 6:656.

Ann Batchelder, "Green Mountain Girls," Woman Citizen, May 1, 1920, pp. 1194 and 1205.

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