Patterson, Hannah (1879–1937)

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Patterson, Hannah (1879–1937)

American suffragist. Born Hannah Jane Patterson, Nov 5, 1879, in Smithton, PA; died Aug 21, 1937, in Pittsburgh, PA; dau. of John Gilfillan Patterson (banker) and Harriet (McCune) Patterson.

Worked with Consumers' League of Western Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Co. Committee on School Legislation; lobbied for suffrage amendment to the Pennsylvania constitution (1915); headed a state Woman Suffrage Party (PA); elected as corresponding secretary to National American Woman Suffrage Association (1915); appointed member (1917), then associate director of the field division (1918), of Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense by President Woodrow Wilson; headed women's department of J.Y. Holmes & Co., a Pittsburgh brokerage firm (1920s); served as 1st woman director of bank in West Newton; was an active member of Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women; managed successful election campaign of friend Sara Soffel to local judgeship (1931); was asked, but declined, to run for Congress.

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