Biographical Sketch of Susan Miller Quackenbush

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Susan Miller Quackenbush, 1881-1921

By Kasandra Weiland, student, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI

Chair of the Wisconsin Women Suffrage Association Education Committee

Susan Miller Long was born February 23, 1881, in Milo, New York. She was the only child to Elwin and Mary Long, who died in 1896 and 1894, respectively. In 1903 Susan Miller Long married Allen Steele Quackenbush, who was born February 4, 1881. After residing in New York for the first two years of their marriage, the couple moved to Rockford, Illinois. By 1910, the Quackenbushes moved to Portage, Wisconsin, where Allen was a manager at a supply company.

Susan Quackenbush became involved in the fight for women's suffrage in Wisconsin and attended conferences and meetings throughout the 1910s. She also compiled useful information, such as local laws or historical data, with which suffragists could argue the advantages of the enfranchisement of women. In 1912, with her neighbor and fellow suffragist Zona Gale, Quackenbush formed the Columbia County Political Equality League, headquartered in Portage, Wisconsin.

Quackenbush was involved in the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association (WWSA) and became the chair of its Education Committee upon its creation around 1913. The main work of the committee was to educate women on the duties and responsibilities of citizenship. To this end, the committee produced an 84-page booklet entitled Social Forces under Quackenbush's leadership. In order to equip women to better their communities, this booklet contained information about the various social, political, and other forces at work in the world. Included were topics for club discussion, educational programs, and a bibliography. The booklet was priced at fifteen cents per copy. At the November 1913 convention of the WWSA in Madison, Quackenbush was able to report that some 1,200 copies of Social Forces had been distributed.

Susan Quackenbush died on September 26, 1921, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 40. She is buried in Penn Yan, New York, near the town she was born.

Sources:

Death Index for Illinois, Cook County, 1921. Ancestry.com

Probate Records for New York, Yates County, Surrogate's Court, Probate Place, Minutes, Order, Decrees, Vol 0006-0007, 1887-1901. Ancestry.com

United Press,”State News Notes in Brief,” Sheboygan Press, November 18, 1913, pg.3

Unknown Author, “Suffragists coming here,” Waukesha Freeman, November 20, 1913, pg. 1

Unknown Author, “Unity Celebrates 40th Anniversary,” The Capital Times, 1918, pg. 1

Unknown Author, “Personal Mention,” The Harvard Herald, August 12, 1920, pg.5

US Census for New York, Yates County, 1892 State Census. Ancestry.com

US Census for Wisconsin, Columbia County, 1910. Ancestry.com

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Correspondence from Susan Miller Quackenbush to Mrs. Henry M. Youmans, January 14, 1913. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 2, Folder 2.

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Correspondence from Susan Miller Quackenbush to Miss Curtis, October 20, 1913. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 2, Folder 3.

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Correspondence from Susan Miller Quackenbush to Miss Curtis, October 27, 1913. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 2, Folder 3.

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Correspondence from Susan Miller Quackenbush to Miss Curtis, November 11, 1913. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 2, Folder 4.

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Correspondence from Susan Miller Quackenbush to Miss Curtis, November 25, 1913. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 2, Folder 4.

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Correspondence from Susan Miller Quackenbush to Miss Curtis, 1913. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 2, Folder 5.

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Correspondence from Susan Miller Quackenbush to Mrs. Youmans, April, 1, 1915. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 7, Folder 2.

Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. “Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1883-1925.” Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association Program: 28th Annual Convention, November 19, 1913. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, Box 2, Folder 4.

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