Biographical Database of Militant Woman Suffragists, 1913-1920
Biography of Mrs. Annie R. Lowry, 1866-?
By John Bello, Program Assistant, Children & Family, Desert Botanical Garden
Mrs. Annie R Lowry was born around 1866 to two Irish immigrant parents in Washington, DC. In 1907 she married Frank C Lowry. Frank was born in New York in 1868, son of an Irish-born father and Massachusetts-born mother These two families likely were part of the same Irish communities and practiced the same religion and had similar ideas around Women's Suffrage.
Mrs. Annie R Lowry was most active in the struggle for women's suffrage between 1917 and 1920. To show the steadfastness of the cause, women would spend time picketing in front of the White House, protesting their lack of voting rights. From 1917 to 1919, over 200 women were jailed for picketing in front of the White House.
On August 6, 1918, Mrs. Annie Lowry, along with 17 other women, carried banners and spoke at a public protest at the White House. The women were protesting the fact that they were denied the right to vote. While the President was espousing progressive ideals, he was unable to motivate his party to secure the votes necessary to pass the Amendment at this time.
Most of the women who were arrested for picketing were ordered to pay a $25 fine. When the women of the National Woman's Party refused to pay, they were imprisoned. Mrs. Annie Lowry was not one of the women jailed for their protest at the White House. Most Other women who were jailed experienced horrendous conditions while imprisoned for standing up for their right to vote.
Mrs. Annie R Lowry was a supporter of the National Woman's Party that emerged out of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage and the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The National Woman's Party would leverage their support of a political candidate for those who were sympathetic to Women's suffrage. The National Woman's Party was instrumental in the passage of the 19th Amendment or Susan B. Anthony Amendment.
In 1920 Annie and Frank Lowry lived in a home they owned in a household that included an adult son and a married daughter and her family. Frank was a bookbinder and her son was a mechanic. Their daughter Marie Rittenour was a stay at home mom that was married to a Russell W. Rittenour who was a civil engineer for the railroad. Their children Morion and John, also lived in the house with Annie.
Mrs. Annie R Lowry took part in an instrumental protest that helped lead to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Without women like Mrs. Annie R Lowry, Women's suffrage would still be in the works.
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Supporting the President Women Come to Washington to Demand Democracy at Home by Nina LI. Allender, The Suffragist, Vol VI, No. 28, 1918.
United States. Federal Census Data. Population Schedules 1920. Ancestry.com,