Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Dora Wise Joachim, 1869-1952

By Blair Stapleton, Assistant Dean of Public Services, Edith Garland Dupré Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dora Wise Joachim was born on February 7, 1869 in Lima, Ohio to Jacob and Helen L. Wise. Her father owned a clothing store in Lima. She married Dr. Otto Joachim of New Orleans, Louisiana in Allen County, Ohio on September 18, 1890. She died at the age of 83 on May 28, 1952.

Mrs. Joachim was a strong advocate for women and children. She worked and volunteered for multiple organizations that catered to the needs of the women and children of New Orleans. With her love of providing aid and support to women and children, Dora Joachim devoted time to working for the Dispensary for Women and Children and the Anti-Tuberculosis League. She also had early involvement in the suffrage movement. In 1900, she was elected as Treasurer for the Louisiana State Suffrage Association. She was also a founding member, and served as recording secretary, for the Traveler's Protective Aid Society. This society was formed out of the Era Club and served to provide support for young women who traveled to New Orleans without having friends of relatives to stay with while they were enroute to other destinations.

Dora Joachim was heavily involved in the Jewish community in New Orleans. She served as a member of the Council of Jewish Women. She also volunteered with the Jewish Orphans' Home of New Orleans, working to arrange a chorus of young girls and matrons to perform at the 55th anniversary of the home in 1910.

Dora Joachim had a great love of music. She and her husband were members of the Philharmonic Society and she served as President for the Saturday Musical Club. She enjoyed attending musical and theatrical performances with her husband.

Mrs. Joachim was very well-traveled. She spent significant portions of time traveling all over the world with her husband. In 1899, they spent 5-6 months traveling across Europe. In 1909, they spent a summer in Budapest, attending the International Medical Congress. And later in 1911, they traveled with a group on a transatlantic steamer out of New York. They traveled by sea again in 1925, visiting the British Isles, France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Palestine, Greece, Turkey, India, China, and Japan.


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