Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Eliza Graham Harral, 1872-1938

By Max Meiselman, undergraduate student at Tulane University

Member of the Woman Suffrage Party, Chair to Petition Congress for Suffrage of Woman Suffrage Party

Eliza Graham Harral was born December 20, 1872 in Montevallo, Alabama, to Jared Alphonzo Harral (b. 1842) and Lydia Eliza Strong (b. 1844). She died on December 17, 1938 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Harral attended Newcomb College in New Orleans, where she graduated in the class of 1893, having studied English, History and Mathematics. After graduation, she became active in the suffrage movement. Residing at 3026 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, her name and ideas frequently appeared in letters and petitions to Congress between 1915-1918.

Harral was a dedicated supporter of the Woman Suffrage Party, who commonly petitioned to the Women's Suffrage Committee, House Office Building in Washington, D.C. for the establishment of voting rights for women in January of 1918. A letter dated January 4, 1918, called for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.


The Register Tulane University, 1891-1892, Google Books, accessed February 15th, 2017;

Extending the Rights of Suffrage to Women: Hearings Before the Committee on Woman Suffrage, Sixty-Fifth Congress, Second Session, House of Representatives, on H. J. Res 200, Jan. 3, 4, 5, and 7, 1918 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1918), accessed online at

US GenWeb Archive, Metairie Cemetery Records, December 17th 1938,, accessed February 16th 2017

Lapsansky-Werner, Emma J. and Margaret hope Bacon, Back to Africa: Benjamin Coates and the Colonization Movement in America, 1848-1880 (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005).

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