Biographical Sketch of Matilda (Mrs. Christoph) Meis(s)ner

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Matilda (Mrs. Christoph) Meis(s)ner, 1875-?

By Thomas Dublin

Matilda Meisner, maiden name unknown, was born in Louisiana in 1875 and by 1900 was married to Christoph A. Meisner, a carriage painter in New Orleans. The couple had one child, a daughter, named variously in censuses as Alceda, Alieda, or Alda. In 1920 Christoph and Matilda were living with their daughter and son-in-law, Arthur and Alda Fry. Christoph continued to reside with his married daughter in 1930, but was now recorded as widowed, indicating that Matilda died sometime in the 1920s.

In the Louisiana state report for 1900-1920, Mrs. Meissner was said to have been an officer of the state suffrage association, but no dates and no position were noted. She attended the national convention of NAWSA in Nashville in 1914 as a representative of the Louisiana Woman Suffrage Party.


U.S. Federal Manuscript Censuses for New Orleans, 1900, 1920, and 1930. Accessed through—no success finding a marriage record for Matilda and Christoph or a death record for either.

Ida Husted Harper, et al., eds. History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6 (1922) [LINK].

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