Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Personal Vita

March, 2000

Compiled by Christina Sudol


Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Strategy Hints

Information can be found through the National Women's History Project, The Women's Rights National Historical Society and Internet sites such as the University of Rochester Library, Library of Congress, Encarta Encyclopedia…and more (see the bibliography).

Bio/Historical Notes

Born in Johnstown, New York, to Judge Daniel Cady and Margaret Livingston Cady. Married Henry Brewster Stanton, an antislavery agent for the American Anti-Slavery Association in 1840. She had seven children, Daniel Cady Stanton, Henry Brewster Stanton Jr., Gerrit Smith Stanton, Theodore Weld Stanton, Margaret Livingston Stanton Lawrence, Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch, and Robert Livingston Stanton (All except Daniel graduated from college). Organized the first Women's Right Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, with friend Quaker Minister Lucretia Mott. In 1851 teamed up with school teacher Susan B. Anthony. For 50 years they organized conventions and protests for women's rights. They spoke before many groups, as well as, local, state and national legislatures. She died in New York City in 1902.

Birth Date

November 12, 1815

Source of Birth Date

The Women's Rights National Historical Society, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An extraordinary woman, by Doris Wolf and Mary Ellen Snyder, 2000.

Death Date

October 26, 1902


Johnstown Academy

Troy Female Seminary (later became the Emma Willard School)

Work History

Lectured and traveled only infrequently when she had the responsibility of her seven children, taking them with her when she did travel. Elizabeth Cady Stanton would write the speeches that Susan B. Anthony, a single schoolteacher, would deliver. In later years she would travel and lecture with Susan B. Anthony.

Associated Subjects

National Women's Hall of Fame

Women's Rights

Women's Suffrage Movement

Associated People

Susan B. Anthony

Amelia Bloomer

Frederick Douglass

Matilda Gage

Lucretia Mott

Gerrit Smith

Henry Brewster Stanton

Professional Associations

American Equal Rights Association

Co-founded the National Women's Suffrage Association (later became the National American Women's Suffrage Association)

Women's Loyal National League

Women's State Temperance Society

Associated Places

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, Seneca Falls, NY

National Women's Hall of Fame, 76 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY

The Wesleyan Church (location of the First Women's Rights Convention, July 19 and 20, 1848)


Declaration of Sentiments (from Stanton, E. C, A history of woman suffrage , Vol. 1, Rochester, NY: Fowler and Wells, 1889), pages 70-71). [on-line]. Available: www.rochester.edu/SBA/declare.html

Stanton, E. C. (1889). A history of woman suffrage. Rochester, NY: Fowler and Wells (Stanton wrote the first three volumes of this six volume set with Matilda Joslyn Gage).


Ashby, R., & Ohrn, D. G. (1995). Her story: Women who change the world. New York: Viking Press.

Come stand among great women,  The National Women's Hall of Fame, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 1815-1902. [On-line]. Available: www.greatwomen.org/stanton.htm.

Compton Encyclopedia Online, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. [On-line]. Available: www.greatwomen.org/stanton.htm.

MSN Encarta, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. [On-line]. Available: encarta.msn.com/find/concise.asp?ti=06cb0000.

Stanton, E. C. (1993). Elizabeth Cady, eighty years and more: Reminiscences 1815 - 1897. Boston: Northeastern University Press.

Stanton, E. C. (1848). Women's rights speech. [On-line]. Available: www.libertynet.org/edcivic/stanton.html.

The National Women's History Project, Living the Legacy: The Women's Rights Movement 1848 to 1998. [On-line]. Available: www.legacy98.org/move-hist.html.

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