Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920
Biography of Kate Frances Andrews Hall, 1856-1941
By Kayella Hicks, undergraduate student, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Kate Frances Andrews was born on March 10, 1856, in New York to Ferdinand and Lydia Andrews. The shoemaker moved his family to Columbus, Ohio, but by 1870, Lydia Andrews was living in Washington, D.C., with her daughter. In the early 1870s, Kate Andrews married Henry Winfield Hall, and the couple had four children: Paul, Dora, Bertha, and Milton. By 1900, Kate Hall was a widow living in Brooklyn, New York, with her children, and by 1904, she had moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was opening a millinery store.
Kate Hall was a prominent suffragist in New Mexico, recognized as such by the local newspapers and the History of Woman Suffrage. Hall actively participated in Santa Fe's suffrage and political organizations. In 1915, she served as treasurer of the Santa Fe Women's Club, and she chaired the Santa Fe branch of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. In 1916, she served as chair for the civics department in the Women's Club, as president of the Women's Republican Club, and as vice chair to the New Mexico Suffrage Association. In 1917, she was president of the Santa Fe branch of the New Mexico Suffrage Association. One of the local newspapers quoted her position on suffrage as demanding a federal amendment for woman suffrage. Kate Hall was a suffrage leader in both Santa Fe and New Mexico.
Of note, Kate Hall's daughter, Dora, married William G. Sargent, who served as mayor of Santa Fe from 1914 to 1918. According to census records, Kate Hall lived with the Sargents from 1910 through the 1930s. In 1920, she worked in the clerk auditor's office, and in 1922, she became part of the personnel for the New Central Committee of Republicans.
Kate Frances Andrews Hall died on November 27, 1941, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is buried with her children at Fairview Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Caption: Newspaper clipping of Kate Hall's position on woman suffrage, 1917. Credit: "Leading Women of Cause Give Opinions about Ways and Means," Santa Fe New Mexican, January 27, 1917, p.3.
"435 National Lawmaker-Politicians Hard to Control, Suffrage Leader Finds; Telling Blows for Ballots for Women." Santa Fe New Mexican. February 29, 1916, p.2. Newspapers.com.
"Art and Literary Work of the Woman's Club." Santa Fe New Mexican. May 1, 1915, p.3. Newspapers.com.
Find a Grave. Kate Frances Andrews Hall. Accessed February 14, 2019. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128121223/kate-frances-hall.
Harper, Ida Husted, ed. "New Mexico." Chapter XXX in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6: 1900-1920. New York: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922, 434-39. [LINK].
"Leading Women of Cause Give Opinions about Ways and Means." Santa Fe New Mexican. January 27, 1917, p.3. Newspapers.com.
Minor City Topics. Santa Fe New Mexican. January 23, 1904, p.5. Newspapers.com.
"Mrs. Hall Rites Today." Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N. Mex.). November 29, 1941, p.1. Newspapers.com.
"Mrs. Weltmer Again Heads Woman's Club." Santa Fe New Mexican, May 24, 1916, p.8. Newspapers.com.
New Mexico State News. Lovington Leader. November 5, 1915, p.1. Newspapers.com.
"Personnel of New Central Committee of the Republicans." Santa Fe New Mexican, September 9, 1922, p.6. Newspapers.com.
"Reception for Mrs. Mason." Santa Fe New Mexican, October 8, 1917, p.6. Newspapers.com.
"Suffrage Meeting To Be Held Here; Alice Paul to Speak." Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N. Mex.). June 1, 1915, p.8. Newspapers.com.
United States Census 1860, s.v. "Kate Frances Andrews, Columbus, Ohio." HeritageQuest.
United States Census 1870, s.v. "Kate Frances Andrews, Washington, D.C." HeritageQuest.
United States Census 1880, s.v. "Kate Frances Hall, Washington, D.C." HeritageQuest.
United States Census 1900, s.v. "Kate Frances Hall, Brooklyn, New York." HeritageQuest.
United States Census 1910, 1920, 1930, s.v. "Kate Frances Hall, Santa Fe, New Mexico." HeritageQuest.
Yesterdays in Old Santa Fe. Reprint of October 13, 1916. Santa Fe New Mexican, October 13, 1941, p.4. Newspapers.com.