Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Mary Ellen Tucker, 1846-1925

By Clara Pham, Student, University of California, San Diego

Mary Ellen Moore Tucker was born on January 22, 1846, in Loudon, NH to physician Dr. David Fifield Moore and Susan Francis Clifford. According to the 1900 US Federal Census, at the age of twenty-four, Mary wed Dr. Henry Tucker, also a physician, on October 25, 1870, in New Hampshire. At the time of this record, Mary and Henry had two children: a son, Edwin Moore Tucker, born on November 26, 1872, and a daughter, Marguerite Evelyn Tucker, born on August 28, 1875. In the 1880 US Federal Census, Mary Tucker was listed to have the occupation of a housewife. Her known residences were Loudon, New Hampshire, from 1846-1850, Belknap, New Hampshire, from 1860-1870, Brattleboro, Vermont, from 1875-1880, Lakeport, New Hampshire, in 1893, Lake Village, New Hampshire in 1900, and back to Brattleboro, Vermont in 1910.

Mary Tucker was an active proponent of the suffrage movement. She was recorded to have been a subscriber to Woman's Journal, an American weekly suffragist periodical "to address a broad segment of middle-class female society interested in women's rights" in 1900. In 1888, Mary was elected as President of the Vermont Woman's Suffrage Association. Mary was in office until 1892, when she had to resign due to the move of her family to Lake Village, NH. The reason for the move was because Dr. Henry Tucker decided to get into the textile business like his father, and became the vice president of the Halifax Mills Co., which manufactured woolen hosiery. In the Annual Meeting minutes of the Vermont Woman's Suffrage Association, Mary Tucker is noted to have given lectures, led prayers, and conducted praise services while acting as President of the association. She was praised by her fellow VWSA members as "an efficient helper" and "highly esteemed President". Mary's resignation from President of the Vermont Women's Suffrage Association was "the one dark cloud that has seemed to have 'no bright lining''. From her addresses at the annual meetings, Mary Tucker can be seen as well-educated and a proponent for voting and property rights for women. After her resignation, Tucker was still involved in the Vermont Woman's Suffrage Association as her letters were read at the Annual Meeting in 1892.

Mary Tucker passed away in Franklin, New Hampshire, on May 30, 1925, and is buried in Laconia, NH with her husband, parents, and son.

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Ancestry.com. "1860 United States Federal Census." Ancestry. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. https://www.ancestry.com/. Year: 1860; Census Place: Gilmanton, Belknap, New Hampshire; Page: 261

Ancestry.com. "1870 United States Federal Census." Ancestry. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. https://www.ancestry.com/. Year: 1870; Census Place: Gilford, Belknap, New Hampshire; Roll: M593_836; Page: 83B

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