Biography of Harriet T. Upton
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HARRIET TAYLOR UPTON, when a girl at Ravenna, espoused the ideas and principles that have dominated her entire life and ever since she has been identified as a working influence with the woman's suffrage cause. She held an important administrative post in the national organizations, and the history of the woman's suffrage movement in America can hardly be written without some reference and tribute to this Ohio woman.

She was born at Ravenna, daughter of Ezra B. and Harriet (Frazer) Taylor. Her father, a native of Nelson, Portage County, Ohio, became one of the leading lawyers of northwestern Ohio. He practiced at Ravenna and in Warren, served as prosecuting attorney, common pleas judge and succeeded General Garfield as representative of the Nineteenth Ohio District in Congress. He was in Congress thirteen years. Judge Taylor died in 1912 at the age of eighty nine. Mrs. Upton's mother was born at Ravenna, daughter of William Frazer and Anna (Campbell) Frazer. She was a woman of great intellectuality, but died at the comparatively early age of fifty five.

Harriet Taylor Upton had a high school education at Warren, and on July 9, 1884, was married to George W. Upton. Mr. Upton, who died in Washington in April, 1923, was educated at West Point Military Academy, subsequently studied law at Washington and was admitted to the bar in Ohio, practicing in this state and Washington for many years.

Mrs. Upton became actively identified with the National Woman's Suffrage Movement in 1890. She served as president of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association, but the office by which she was best known was that of treasurer of the National Woman Suffrage Association, a post of duties she held fifteen years. She acted as a patron of the National Council of Women. She had the satisfaction of assisting in bringing about the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Since then she has been a prominent worker in the republican party, and is now vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee, the late President Harding having chosen her for that place. She was elected a member of the Board of Education at Warren a year or two after the school suffrage law was passed and served fifteen years part of the time as chairman. She also served as vice president of the Warren Political Equality Club. She is a member of the Episcopal Church, the Washington City Club, the Ohio Daughters of the American Revolution, the Woman's Relief Corps and many other organizations. Mrs. Upton is the author of three books: "Our Early Presidents, Their Wives and Children," published in 1892; "The History of Trumbull County, Ohio," and a "History of the Western Reserve."

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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