Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890–1920

Biography of Frances Gallogly (Kiehle), 1878-1975

By Ann Marie Linnabery, Assistant Director at the History Center of Niagara, Lockport, NY

Frances Gallogly was a New York City suffrage worker in the early 20th century. She was born in that city on January 1, 1878, the daughter of Hugh and Mary Jane Smith Gallogly. Nothing is known about Frances's early life. In 1900 she was living in Manhattan with her older sister and working as a “clerical clerk.” Ten years later, Frances was boarding with a couple and working as a secretary. She was listed as a “Private Secretary” on the 1915 New York State census. The first mention of Gallogy in the newspapers is in 1917 when she was working in support of the amendment giving women in New York State the right to vote. The amendment passed later that year. Her photo appeared in the The Sun newspaper on March 3, 1918 with the caption: “Washington's Birthday, 1918, is memorable as the day when for the first time in New York city women registered as voters. Miss Frances Gallogly is shown registering in the Sixteenth Election district of the Nineteenth Assembly district and proving her equality with men by telling her age truthfully” (but it does not give her age). She was active in voter education for women in the run-up to the November 1918 New York State election, the first in which women could vote. She was also involved in the Catholic Suffragists of America and the St. Catherine's Welfare Association of which she was elected Secretary in 1921. According to the 1920 Federal census, Gallogly was living in a boarding house at 14 Irving Place in New York and working as a stenographer. Two years later, another boarder living there was Siegfried A. Kiehl, president and secretary of the S. A. Kiehl Co., “importer of smoking articles.” Kiehl (sometimes spelled Kiehle), was from Austria and the same age as Gallogly. A marriage license was issued to Frances Gallogly and Siegfried Kiehle on November 18, 1922. In 1929, a ship's manifest for the “S.S. Statendam” listed Siegfried A. Kiehle and Frances G. Kiehle as passengers departing from Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France on August 23 and arriving in New York on August 31. Frances's birthdate is given as January 1, 1878. It also shows Siegfried was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on January 24, 1925 in the Supreme Court of Onondaga County, NY (he had relatives in the Syracuse area). Their address at that time is given as 67 Morton St. in New York City. Two years later, Frances is listed as again living at 14 Irving Place but her husband is not listed at that address. Siegfried Kiehle died on July 14, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA. Nothing more is heard of Frances Gallogly Kiehle until her death on February 9, 1975 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 97. Her death notice makes no mention of Siegfried but does list her late brother Harry and several nieces and nephews. She is buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Springs, MD.

Sources: Frances Gallogly and Siegfried Arthur Kiehle

Census records, marriage records, death records, passenger list, WWI registration card

New York Public Library for digitized New York City directories newspaper database for articles mentioning Frances Gallogly

Gate of Heaven Cemetery for exact date of death

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