CHACE, Mrs. Elizabeth Buffum

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Elizabeth Buffum Chace, who toiled for the Anti-slavery and women's suffrage causes, hailed from Providence Rhode Island.  She was born in Providence, RI on December 9, 1806.  Elizabeth married Samuel Buffington Chace in 1828 and the couple were parents to many children.

Her personal network included Samuel May, Jr., the celebrated minister and anti-slavery reformer of Leicester, MA, Susan B. Anthony, Ednah Dow Cheney, Frederick Douglass, Rowland Gibson Hazard, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

In October of 1868, Elizabeth was selected as one of the Rhode Island delegates for the first meeting of the American Woman Suffrage Association in 1869.  She also served as president at the Rhode Island Woman's Suffrage Convention that December.  By 1874, she was one of the AWSA's Vice Presidents.  In 1882, she was the Rhode Island vice-president of the Association for the Advancement of Women, a position she held for several years.  She became one of the vice-presidents of The Free Religious Association of America in May of 1889.

Elizabeth recalled her life and work in her 1891 book Anti-slavery Reminiscences.  She wrote about "Old Quaker Days in Rhode Island" for the August 1897 volume of New England Magazine.

She passed away on December 12, 1899, and was buried in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.


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