Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920
Biography of Rebecca Crawford Hamilton (Mrs. Hugh) Lokey, 1877-1962
By Leslie Spencer, Historian, Atlanta, Georgia
First Vice-President, Atlanta's Woman's Club; Secretary, Eighth Ward Women's Suffrage League
Rebecca (also, Rebekah) Crawford Hamilton was born around 1877, the daughter of Thomas Alexander and Amanda Tupper Hamilton. While born in Georgia, Hamilton wed Hugh Montgomery Lokey on June 21, 1905, in Birmingham, Alabama. After marriage, they resided in Atlanta, Georgia, where Hugh Lokey worked as a prominent physician. They had four children: Hugh, (Amanda) Boyce, Hamilton, Charles.
During early twentieth century, Lokey lent her expertise as well as political and social clout to bring attention to woman suffrage. She served as the secretary at the founding meeting of the Equal Suffrage Party of Georgia in 1914. She also served within the Georgia Woman's Suffrage Association. There are numerous articles appearing in local papers pertaining to her civic engagement. By 1917, she was involved with several organizations in efforts to support the war effort. She contributed her time to patriotic efforts involving Liberty bonds, the Red Cross, and women's study groups. Lokey's fundraising efforts were often connected to her suffrage activities. A December 1917 article in the Atlanta Constitution connects lists her as selling Red Cross Christmas Seals on behalf of the Equal Suffrage Party of Georgia.
Like many women of her social status, Lokey enjoyed membership in exclusive organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, and she spent her time fundraising and raising awareness for social concerns. Mrs. Lokey donated her late husband's medical library to Hughes Spalding Hospital.
Rebecca Hamilton Lokey died in 1962 and is buried in the Hamilton family plot at Resthaven Cemetery in Washington, Georgia.
“Atlanta Chapter D.A.R.” Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). February 21, 1912, p. 6. Newspapers.com.
“Birmingham Society.” Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). June 18, 1905, p. M5. Newspapers.com.
Find A Grave. “Rebecca Hamilton Lokey.” Accessed June 26, 2018. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29478451/rebecca-lokey.
Harper, Ida Husted, ed. “Georgia.” Chapter X in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6: 1900-1920, 121-143. New York: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922. [LINK]
“Hugh Lokeys to Celebrate Anniversary.” Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). June 21, 1955, p. 22. Newspapers.com.
McLendon, Mary L. “The Political Rights of Women.” Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). February 15, 1914, p.3F. Newspapers.com.
“Medic's Widow Wills Library to Spalding.” Atlanta Daily World. March 17, 1957.
“Monday to be Press Day at Atlanta Woman's Club.” Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). October 8, 1916, p.8M. Newspapers.com.
Society. Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). October 22, 1916, p.3M. Newspapers.com.
“Suffrage Leagues for Every Ward.” Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). January 17, 1914, p.9. Newspapers.com.
“Women Are Planning Big Sale of Red Cross Christmas Seals.” Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). December 9, 1917, p.13M. Newspapers.com.