Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Clara A. Young, 1855-1907

By Thomas Dublin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Binghamton University

Clara Albertson was born in Brighton, MI in December 1855. Her family migrated to Nebraska in 1856. In the 1880s the family moved outside of Broken Bow, NE where Clara lived the rest of her life. In 1881 she married Frank H. Young, a receiver at the Land Office The couple had five children, only two of whom were still living in 1900.

Clara Young remained active in the Nebraska Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) between 1884 and 1906 In 1884 she served as a delegate from the NWSA to the annual meeting of the American Woman Suffrage Association. She was elected president of the NWSA in 1891 and again in 1900. In November 1900, Young wrote a letter to the editor of a local paper calling for "a constitutional amendment giving women equal political rights with men." In October 1903 Clara Young made a presentation at the state suffrage meeting, "County Organization a Source of Strength. She was re-elected state president at that meeting. "In 1906 she was elected vice-president of the Association.

Clara Young passed away in Lincoln in October 1907 and was buried in Broken Bow.


Ida Husted Harper, et al., eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6 (1922) [LINK]

There is a substantial obituary for Clara A. Young in her Find-a-Grave entry for Oct. 7, 1907. Custer County Republican, Oct. 10, 1907.

Federal Manuscript Census for Broken Bow, NE in 1900. Accessed via Ancestry Library Edition.

"Woman Suffrage Meeting," The Red Cloud (NE) Chief, Oct. 5 1906, p. 6.

"Suffragists Conclude," Nebraska City News Press, Oct. 9, 1903, p. 3.

Clara A. Young, Letter to the Editor, Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, NE), Nov. 5, 1900, p. 5.

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