Biographical Database of Militant Woman Suffragists, 1913-1920
Biography of Henrietta Eliza (Bryan) Lambie, 1851-1932
By Linda D. Wilson, Independent Historian
Suffragist Henrietta Eliza (Bryan) Lambie, the daughter of Dr. James and Henrietta M. Bryan, was born on September 26, 1851, in Rochester, New York. On September 7, 1875, Henrietta Bryan married Jasper Eadie Lambie, a merchant and a Civil War veteran, in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Their children were Ethel, Emily, Margaret, and Morris. At age fifty-five Jasper Lambie died on March 11, 1898, at Northampton, Massachusetts, where he had served as mayor.
Sometime after 1910, widow Henrietta Lambie and children moved to New York City. She and her daughter Margaret were founding members of the Congressional Union (later the National Woman's Party), organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. As founding members, they contributed one hundred dollars or more to the organization. In December 1915, Henrietta Lambie contributed an additional twenty-five dollars to the CU fund to secure the passage of the Anthony Amendment. She was one of the Silent Sentinels, picketing the White House in April 1917. Lambie joined the picket line in the days before any arrests began. In May 1922 Henrietta Lambie chaired the refreshment committee for the dedication of the National Woman's Party headquarters in D.C.
During World War I, daughter Margaret (a 1907 Vassar College graduate) headed the Vassar College Relief Unit that served in Verdun and Savenay, France. After the war that group and others formed a branch of the Women's Overseas League in Washington, D.C. The organization worked to help disabled veterans in Washington, D.C. hospitals. By 1922 Henrietta Lambie and other prominent women including Grace Coolidge became patronesses of the league. Lambie was also an active member of the Anthony League organized in Washington, D.C. As a Progressive-Era organization, it helped to further education, philanthropy, and humanitarian efforts. Representing the Anthony League, Henrietta Lambie spoke before the League of Women Voters at a convention in Buffalo, New York, in April 1924.
While living in Washington, D.C., Henrietta Lambie was a member of the All Souls' Unitarian Church. She died on March 7, 1932, at her daughter Margaret's home in D.C. Henrietta Lambie was buried beside her husband, who preceded her in death, in the Main Street Cemetery, Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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