Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920
Biography of Carrie Lucy Park Harrington, 1862-1952
By Saundra L. Sarsany, Curator/Archivist, Harriet Taylor Upton House, Warren, Ohio
Treasurer, Ohio Woman Suffrage Association
Carrie Lucy Park was born June 20, 1862, in Warren, Ohio, to Servetus W. and Priscilla (Welsh) Park. Her father was a lawyer, who practiced in Warren. She had one sibling, Illa Welch Kurtz. Carrie Park attended Warren public schools and Wellesley College, graduating in 1883. She married Frank W. Harrington, also of Warren, on October 14, 1886. He was also a lawyer and practiced from 1882 to 1889, when illness forced him to retire. The Harringtons had two children, Charles (1887-1978) and Priscilla (1889-1971). Frank Harrington died in 1893; Carrie Harrington lived the remainder of her life as a widow in Warren. She served for several years as a member of the board of education in Warren, being one of the first two women elected to the school board.
In 1893, the state of Ohio extended suffrage to women in school board elections. In 1898, the women of Warren decided to elect a woman to the board of education. Carrie Harrington was persuaded to become a candidate as long as another woman ran with her. Harriet Taylor Upton was chosen by the committee, and she agreed to run. Both women served five terms of three years each. Harrington served on the buildings and grounds committee, chaired by Upton, when a new school was built in 1899. Harrington went on to chair the textbook committee. In a 1901 letter to Susan B. Anthony, Upton wrote: "Mrs Harrington and I were reelected by the lar[g]est majority ever given to any candidates in this town at any Spring election. Two Democratic women were nominated against us but they were in for fighting. They were not nice women. Our being on the school board has done lots of good. The mem [sic] who were on the board and who worked against us last time worked for us this time and begged us to stand."
When Upton was elected president of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association in 1899, she asked Harrington to be her treasurer. Upon Harrington's death, her obituary ran in numerous newspapers and noted her work with Upton and her contribution to the Ohio suffrage efforts.
Carrie Lucy Park Harrington died on January 3, 1952, and she was buried beside her husband in Oakwood Cemetery in Warren, Ohio.
Find a Grave. Carrie Lucy Park Harrington. June 9, 2016. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/164159501/carrie-lucy-harrington.
Find a Grave. Frank Wales Harrington. June 9, 2016. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/164159429/frank-wales-harrington.
Harper, Ida Husted. "Ohio," Chapter 58 in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4: 1883-1900, 1055-063. Rochester, NY: Privately published, 1902. [LINK]
Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993. Frank W. Harrington and Carrie L. Park, October 14, 1886, Trumbull, OH. Ancestry Library.
"Successful Exponents of Woman Suffrage in the Great State of Ohio." Lima (OH) News, January 16, 1910. Newspapers.com.
Register of the Wellesley College Alumni Association, 1912-1913. Boston: Frank Wood Printer, 1913. Google Books.
Upton, Harriet Taylor. Harriet Taylor Upton's Random Recollections, edited by Lana Dunn Eisenbraun. Warren, OH: Upton Association, 2004.
United States Census 1870, 1880, s.v. "Carrie L. Park, Warren, Trumbull, OH." Ancestry Library.
United States Census 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940, s.v. "Carrie P. Harrington, Warren, Trumbull OH." Ancestry Library.
For the Upton quote in the correspondence between Harriet Upton and Susan B. Anthony, see https://susanbanthonyhouse.org/blog/transcript-of-harriet-taylor-upton%E2%80%99s-letter-to-susan-b-anthony-dated-april-2-1901-with-introductory-comments/.