Biographical Sketch of Mattie Logan Southgate Jones

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890–1920

Biography of Mattie Logan Southgate Jones, 1864–1936

By Sara Maeve Whisnant, Reading Room Supervisor & Reference Associate, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

President, Durham Equal Suffrage League; President, Durham Civic Association; Chairman, Fifth District of the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina

Mattie Logan Southgate Jones (October 4, 1864 – March 13, 1936) was born in Louisburg, North Carolina, to Deliah Haywood Wynne and James Southgate. She moved to Durham as a teenager and married Thomas Decature “T.D.” Jones of Durham in 1884. Often referred to as Mrs. T.D. Jones in the news, she was an active member in several North Carolina suffrage organizations, including the Durham Equal Suffrage League, the Durham Civic Association (both as President) and the Fifth District of the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina of which she served as Chairman. Jones was also a member of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs. She was a standing member in the Durham community and maintained such activities as marshalling a parade on Woman's Day in 1917. In June 1920 Jones attended a rally at the Durham courthouse which included a speech by anti-suffragist Caroline Preston Davis which opposed equal suffrage at the federal level. Jones's son, James Southgate Jones, was a prominent banker in the Triangle region of North Carolina. She died in Durham on March 13, 1936.


“Mattie Logan Southgate: Life Story.”

“Miss Davis Speaks on Anti-Suffrage : Tells Durham Women That Women Have Enough to Do Without Suffrage.” Durham Morning Herald, June 4, 1920.

“Southgate-Jones Family Biographical Notes.” Social Networks and Archival Context, 2008. Courtesy of the Southgate-Jones Family Papers, 1760-2008, Duke Uiversity. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Accessed July, 2018.

Ida Husted Harper, et al., eds. History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6 [LINK].

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