Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Eunice Esther Hobbs Hood, 1861-1941

By Mona Reno, Nevada Women's History Project

Charter Member of the State Equal Franchise Society, 1912; Active member of the Twentieth Century Club; Officer of the Washoe County Equal Franchise Society; Elected a Regent of the University of Nevada, 1918; Member of the suffrage ratification committee for Nevada appointed in December 1918 by Carrie Chapman Catt

Eunice Hobbs was born in 1861, in Vallejo, Calif. to Isaac and Sarah Hobbs. She married Dr. William H. Hood of Battle Mountain, Nev. in Vallejo, Calif. on December 23, 1892. Eunice had a son from an earlier marriage, Harry Standerwick, and she and Dr. Hood had four more sons, William H. Hood, Jr., Arthur J. Hood, Charles A. Hood, Dwight L. Hood.

The Hoods moved to Reno in 1903. Eunice became active in civic activities, including the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Young Women's Christian Association, Twentieth Century Club, PTA officer, and Sparks Baptist Church. She was involved in civic improvement such as beautifying vacant lots and the 1912 Reno clean-up day and was vice-president of the Reno Chautauqua Association.

Eunice was a charter member of the Nevada Equal Franchise Society, second vice-president and chair of civics in the NEFS. In July 1912, Eunice was invited to meet with Rae Copley Raun and Edith Copley who were making a trans-continental automobile trip for women's suffrage.

Eunice was elected second vice-president of the Nevada Equal Franchise Society in February of 1914. During the busy suffrage work in 1914, Eunice and her family suffered the death of their 16-year-old son Charles Allen. Following Nevada's successful campaign in 1914 the Washoe County Equal Franchise Society reorganized as the Woman Citizens Club. Eunice was third vice-president of that nonpartisan civic organization.

In 1918 Eunice Hood was elected a Regent for the University of Nevada, for an eight-year term. In December of 1918 Eunice was appointed to the Ratification Committee for Nevada of the National American Woman Suffrage Association formed by Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt. This committee pressured Nevada Governor Emmet Boyle and the Nevada Legislature to ratify the Susan B. Anthony Amendment to the US Constitution enabling women to vote. They were successful on February 7, 1920. Mrs. Hood and others addressed the legislators in thanks.

Eunice Hood died in 1941 and is buried with her family in the Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Nevada.

Sources:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Ida Husted Harper, eds. History of Woman Suffrage: 1900-1920. Vol. VI., 1922. Chapter XXVII. Nevada, pages 384-99. [LINK]

Mrs. O.H. [Sarah Emeline] Mack, History of the Suffrage Movement in Nevada 1900-1920. Filed at the request of Mrs. Ida Husted Harper. Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission, New York, 1920.

Nevada State Journal. "Miss Martin Remains as Suffrage Leader," February 25, 1914, pg. 8.

Reno Evening Gazette. "Society Notes," July 20, 1912, pg. 5. Article about meeting with Edith Copley and Rae Copley Raun.

Reno Evening Gazette. "Official Result of General Election Held Nov. 5, 1918," November 30, 1918, pg. 7.

Reno Evening Gazette. "Special Session Call was Due in October," January 30, 1920, pg. 8.

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