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Willard, Frances (1839-1898)

Temperance and Women's Rights Activist

Willard, Frances (1839-1898) | Wisconsin Historical Society
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.
The last photograph taken of Frances Willard, a leader in the temperance movement and women's activist in the Methodist church. View the original here: WHI 35303.

Frances Willard was born in New York but raised in Janesville. She was an administrator at Northwestern University before becoming head of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in 1874 and making it a powerful force for women's rights.

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[Source: Wisconsin Women: A Gifted Heritage (Amherst, Wis.: Palmer Publications, 1982)]