Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Emma Baker Galloway, 1851-1919

By Echo Mendiguren, student, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Emma Galloway née Baker was born in Wisconsin on December 23, 1851 and died in January 1919. Today her remains are interred in the Masonic Cemetery in McMinnville, Oregon. Her parents were Varranus and Sally Baker. Galloway was a descendant of Revolutionary War Colonel Ethan Allan, who is best known for capturing Ford Ticonderoga and leading the Green Mountain Boys, as well as working to create the independent Republic of Vermont. Emma Baker crossed the plains to Oregon with her widowed mother and uncle in 1865. In October 1875, she met and married William Galloway in Portland, Oregon. The couple had three children: Zilpha Virginia, Charles Varranus, and Francis Vernon.

Having attended public schools in Wisconsin, Iowa and Oregon, Galloway completed her education at an academy at Lafayette, Oregon. She taught in Yamhill County Public schools for six years as a teacher. She served as the deputy president of the Woman's Relief Corps of Oregon from 1901-1902, was the president of the Rebekah Assembly of Oregon in 1907, and she was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Odd Fellows' Home of Oregon from 1915 until her death.

Galloway was a supporter of woman's suffrage, and was a member of many suffragist organizations. She was the Chairman of the Suffrage Committee Civic Improvement Club, a member of the State Equal Suffrage Association, the Suffrage League of Salem, Oregon, and a member of the United Artisans, Self-Improvement Club of McMinnville, Oregon.


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