Biographical Sketch of Maud Conkey Stockwell

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890–1920

Biography of Maud Conkey Stockwell, 1863-1958

By Leslie Gildart, retired attorney and legal editor

President, Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, 1900-1910.

Maud Conkey was born on January 3, 1863 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to DeWitt Clinton Conkey and Antoinette Kingsley Conkey. Maud had two brothers and one sister. While she was a child, her family moved to Hennepin County, Minnesota. She went to high school with Clara Ueland, another prominent suffrage worker, in Minneapolis and became a school teacher.

On October 4, 1887, she married Sylvanus Stockwell, an insurance agent. Sylvanus was elected to the Minnesota State Legislature in 1890. Around 1890, Maud began serving on the executive board of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. She and Sylvanus had their first daughter, Charlotte, in February, 1891. Elizabeth was born in 1893. Maude was born in 1900, which was the same year that Maud was first elected President of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association.

She served in that capacity until 1910, performing such services as leading a delegation to the governor's office in 1905 to ask that he recommend women's suffrage to the legislature (which he did not) and presenting the National Association's greetings to the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1906. She asked to be relieved of her position in 1910.

Although no longer the executive officer of the suffrage association, Mrs. Stockwell remained active working for disarmament and against child labor. She was a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom from 1922-1934.

Maud Conkey Stockwell died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 2, 1958.

Sources:

Harper, Ida Husted, History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI (1922) pp. 317-318, 324) [LINK]

FindaGrave.com https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/143892684/maud-stockwell (accessed online November 22, 2018).

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/fulldetail?ID=14959 (accessed online November 23, 2018)

Original data:

"Minnesota Marriages, 1849–1950." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. (accessed online November 22, 2018)

Original data:

  • Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977. Microfilm. Reels 1-47 and 107-164.
  • Minnesota. Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849-1855. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 2000. Microfilm.
  • Minnesota. Minnesota 1857 Territorial Census. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, USA.

Stuhler, Barbara: Gentle Warriors: Clara Ueland and the Minnesota Struggle for Woman Suffrage, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995 (pp.68-69).

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