Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Gertrude A. Lee, approx. 1869-1959

By Elia Trucks, Assistant Professor, University of Denver

First Vice President of the State Association; delegate or alternate to the Presidential Nominating conventions; chairman, League of Women Voters; member, Republican Party

First woman Presidential Elector in 1912; first chairwoman for the state central Democratic committee; leader of Women's National Democratic League; Delegate At Large for Colorado; member of Democratic National Committee.

Gertrude A. Lee was born in Tyrone Township, Michigan, on December 9, 1869. She married George Madison Lee in 1893 and they moved to Denver.

In 1910, Lee was involved with the opening of the Democratic headquarters in Denver. She was voted Delegate at Large for Colorado and vice chairman of the Democratic state central committee in 1912. Even though she was a Presidential Elector for Colorado, she was not sent to Washington to carry the electoral vote and other politically active women spoke out against the slight. In 1914, the state chairman for the Democratic party left the position and Mrs. Lee became the first woman State Chairwoman for the national party. In 1918, the Democratic National Committee created an office of National Committeewoman, and Mrs. Lee was the first woman to be appointed. In 1920, she was unanimously elected as a member of the Democratic National Committee as the Colorado representative, and remained in the role until 1932. Lee was appointed to the executive committee of the Democratic state central committee in 1934. Mrs.

Lee remained politically active in the Democratic Women's Club and other political avenues, but was not elected for any other position. She died in 1959.


Biography Information. Gertrude A. Lee. Her Hat Was in the Ring. Accessed June 14, 2019.

Colorado Commission on the Status of Women. Report of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women in Colorado 1965. Denver: 1965.

"Lee, Gertrude Adams; (Mrs. George Madison Lee))." Marquis who was who in America 1607-1984. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who LLC, 2009.

Leonard, J. W. Woman's Who's Who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915. American Commonwealth Company, 1914. [LINK]

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