Biographical Sketch of Almira Frost Hudson

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890–1920

Biographical Sketch of Almira Frost Hudson, 1845-1931

by Rachel Nunnelee, student, Colorado State University

Almira Frost Hudson was born Almira Jane Pattison Frost to Shepherd J. Frost and Jane McRaley in Chatham, N.B., Canada, in January, 1845. She married William Allen Erskine in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1869. Together they had three sons, Allen Sheppard Erskine, William Allen Erskine, and Fred Frost Erskine. It is unclear how William Erskine died in 1879, but, Almira later was remarried to Stephen G. Hudson in 1881. Almira and Stephen had one daughter, Ethel Hudson, born in Denver, Colorado, in 1884.

It is unclear when Almira first became active in the suffrage movement, but she attended a meeting that took place on June 25, 1919, in the City Park of Denver. The meeting was in support of ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution by a special session of the Legislature. As the ratification was met with delays, the members of the Equal Suffrage Association arranged for this public assembly. That night, a woman named Mrs. Hosmer presided at the gathering, while a prayer was offered by Almira Frost Hudson. Many triumphant speeches were made by women, senators and a captain that night, to an audience of about 1,500.

Hudson was the President of the Clio Club, most likely a women's club, as well as a literature group, although details are unclear. Hudson was also a member of the Woman's Club in Colorado. The club worked to accomplish two goals: to provide a means for the acquisition of knowledge, as well as working towards the spirit of human solidarity, a comprehension of the continuity of life, and its universal character of interdependence. Hudson also had an active religious life; she had taught for Trinity United Methodist Sunday school for twenty-five years. As the granddaughter of Revolutionary soldier Winthrop Frost, who was a soldier at Winter Hill, Hudson was a member of the D. A. R., or the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Almira Frost Hudson died on June 30, 1931, of unknown causes, in Orange County, California. She is buried in Fairhaven Memorial Park in Orange County, California.

Sources

"Almira Jane Frost Hudson." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed May 02, 2017 .com https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32729290/almira-jane-hudson

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Daughters of the American Revolution. Lineage Book – National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Vol. 47. Washington D.C.: 1919, p. 59-60.

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