Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890–1920

Biography of Lucy Paxton Scarborough, 1857-1951

By Ken Wilson, student, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina

Lucy Paxton Scarborough was born on December 27, 1857 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana to William Edwards Paxton and Rebecca Wardlaw. She married Daniel C. Scarborough on January 4, 1880. A 1930 Census lists Daniel's profession as a lawyer. He also served on the Board of Administrators at Tulane University. Through this marriage they had 4 children, daughters Zama Scarborough Blanchard (1881-1968) and Imogen Scarborough Hagood (1889-1971), and sons William Paxton Scarborough (1883-1897) and Daniel C. Scarborough, Jr.

The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6, notes that Lucy (Mrs. D.C.) Scarborough, of Natitoches, was elected as an auditor of the State Suffrage Association in 1915. No other information about her suffrage activity has come to light.

Lucy published a memoir of her life during the antebellum period titled, "So It Was When Her Life Began: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Girlhood." It was published in the Louisiana Historical Quarterly in July, 1930.

Lucy died on April 1, 1951 in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana and was buried in Natchitoches Parish. She was survived by her children, daughters Zama and Imogen and son Daniel Jr. She was preceded in death by her husband who died on December 20, 1944.


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