Biographical Sketch of Anna Waldorf Heath

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Anna Waldorf Heath, 1857-1931

By Caydee Wightman, Longwood University (student)

Anna Waldorf Utley was born in 1857 in New York state. At the age of 20 she married Charles Chapin Heath and during the early years of their marriage the couple resided with his family in Baltimore, Maryland. Anna and Charles had two daughters, Helen Huntington Heath (born in 1886) and Anna Huntington Heath (born in 1890). In 1900 Anna and Charles were living in their own home with their daughters and two servants, but by 1910 the couple had moved into the household of their older daughter and son-in-law.

As the first president of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, organized in 1896, Heath worked for municipal reform, advocating measures such as improving cleanliness on Baltimore's street cars and ensuring that local merchants sold goods made under fair and safe factory conditions. She furthered the cause of women's suffrage through her participation in the Just Government League and as an officer of the Equal Suffrage League of Baltimore. Her activities included sending letters to Maryland congressmen and senators and passing out fliers to voters at polling stations; in 1916 Equal Suffrage League members installed a telegraph wire at the league's headquarters in order to monitor election results. Heath served as a delegate to the annual state conventions of the Equal Suffrage League of Maryland in 1918 and the League of Women Voters in 1924. In December 1931 Anna Waldorf Heath died at the age of 74 and was buried in Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville, Maryland. Upon her death the Baltimore Sun described Heath as a "pioneer in Maryland's woman's suffrage campaign."

Sources

Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Tenth Census of the United States 1880--Population. "Anna Waldorf Heath,"

Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Twelfth Census of the United States 1900--Population. "Anna Waldorf Heath," www.ancestry.com.

Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Thirteenth Census of the United States 1910--Population.

"Anna Waldorf Heath," www.ancestry.com.

The Baltimore Sun:
"Active in Good Work," December 22, 1901, p. 8.
"Replies to Governor," August 4, 1909, p. 12.
"'Suffs' to Haunt Polls," November 7, 1916, p. 4.
"To Head Suffragists," June 6, 1918, p. 5.
"Women Delegates Elected," April 8, 1924, p. 8.
"Mrs. Anna Heath Dies at Age of 74," December 3, 1931, p. 17.

National American Woman Suffrage Association, The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI 1900-1920, Ida Husted Harper, ed. New York NY: J.J. Little and Ives, 1922, p. 266. http://chswg.binghamton.edu/docs/historyofwomansuffrage_vol6.pdf.

"The Women's Club of Roland Park," https://twcrp.org/.

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