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Blankenburg, Lucretia L. (1845–1937)

Blankenburg, Lucretia L. (1845–1937)

American suffragist and municipal reformer. Name variations: Lucretia Longshore. Born Lucretia Longshore near New Lisbon, Ohio, May 8, 1845; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mar 29, 1937; dau. of Thomas Ellwood Longshore (schoolteacher) and Hannah E. Longshore (1819–1901, physician); m. Rudolph Blankenburg (mayor of Philadelphia), April 18, 1967 (died 1918); children: 3, all died young.

Named for Lucretia Mott who was a frequent visitor to her parents' home; active with Philadelphia's Society for Organizing Charitable Relief (1878) and the New Century Club; enlisted by Susan B. Anthony in the cause of woman suffrage (1884) and served as president of Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association (1892–1908); became auditor (1908) and served as 1st vice-president (1912–14) of General Federation of Women's Clubs, working to secure the woman's club movement on the side of suffrage; as an independent Republican, supported municipal reform, prohibition and world peace.

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