Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Margaret B. Stone, 1847-1929

By Kyah Hawkins, Rosemont College

Margaret B. Stone (nee Baldwin) was born in about 1847 (subsequent census ages vary substantially) to Burr and Cornelia C. Baldwin. She was born and raised in Ashfield, Massachusetts. She married Rufus B. Stone, a lawyer, and then they moved to Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1876. Entries for the couple are found in Bradford listings for 1880, 1900, and 1910.

Rufus was a lawyer all these years and Margaret has no occupation listed. The couple did not have children.

In Pennsylvania, she joined the suffrage movement by becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association. In 1896, she was appointed the treasurer of the association. Stone worked alongside famous suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony, Anna Shaw, and Mary Grew. In November 1898 she participated as treasurer in the PWSA's annual meeting in York. In 1901 she served on a committee that organized a statewide vote by Pennsylvania women to determine their attitudes toward woman suffrage.

Rufus and Margaret died a week apart in Bradford on March 1929. Her obituary described her "as a most intellectual woman and . . . and an able helpmate to her husband."


"Margaret Sarah Baldwin." Death Certificate. Accessed October 17, 2017.

"Mrs. Margaret Stone, Prominent Resident of Bradford, is Dead," Kane Republican, 12 March 1929, p. 2.

"Pleas for Woman's Suffrage." The Times, November 21, 1896,, Accessed October 17, 2017.

"Woman Suffrage Ajorn." Wilkes-Barre Record, November 21, 1896,, Accessed October 17, 2017.

"Woman's Suffrage." The Scranton Republican, November 21, 1896,, Accessed October 17, 2017.

"Suffragists to Meet Here," Philadelphia Times, 5 November 1898, p. 2.

"Women Are to Vote," Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 November 1901, p.7.

Federal Manuscript Censuses, Bradford, PA, 1880, 1900, 1910. Accessed via Ancestry Library Edition. Entries for Rufus and Margaret Stone.

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