MOTT, Mrs. Lucretia

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Reformer Lucretia Coffin Mott was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on January 3, 1793.  She was related to Nantucket natives Anna Gardnerm Rev. Phebe Anne Hanaford, and Juliet H. Severance, as well as to Benjamin Franklin.

Lucretia's Quaker family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She went to Millbrook, New York, to attend Nine Partners School, a Quaker school, where she met James Mott, a teacher at the school.  Lucretia and James were married in 1811. After graduating from Nine Partners School, she taught there.  Later, Lucretia became a Quaker minister. James and Lucretia made their home in Philadelphia.

Throughout her life, Lucretia was active in reform efforts, writing and speaking eloquently and passionately about the topics that she believed in, as well as organizing and attending meetings and conventions.  Lucretia was instrumental in the founding of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1834.  She also was very involved with the Pennsylvania Peace Society, the American Anti-Slavery Society, and women's suffrage activities.  She, her sister Martha Coffin Wright, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were the movers behind the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.  She also worked closely with Lucy Stone and Susan Brownell Anthony. Since she was very interested in supporting higher education, Lucretia was one of the founders of Swarthmore College and actively supported the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. 

In addition to the individuals mentioned above, her vast personal network included numerous people, including Rachel Foster Avery, Amanda Deyo, Mary J. Scarlett Dixon, Frederick Douglass, Priscilla Holmes Drake, William Lloyd Garrison, Anna Davis Hallowell,  Agnes Nininger Kemp, Martha H. Mowry, Wendell Phillips, M. Adeline Thompson, and John Greenleaf Whittier.

Lucretia passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 11, 1880.



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