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Lucy Stone
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    (August 13, 1818-October 19, 1893)
    Born in West Brookfield, Massachusetts
    Abolitionist and suffragette
    Founded the American Woman Suffrage Association
    Published the periodical 'Woman's Journal'
    First recorded American woman to keep her birth name after marriage
    Her mixing of women's rights with abolition alienated fellow anti-slavery activists, such as William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and Frederick Douglass.
    She feuded with suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton over Stanton's support for women's divorce rights.
    She was expelled from her Congregationalist church for speaking publicly on slavery.
    Despite declaring that husbands and wives should be equal, she gave the money she earned lecturing to her husband to invest (usually rather badly).
    When she went to college, she not only paid her own tuition, room and board, her father made her sign a promissory note agreeing to reimburse him for the income she would have brought the family from teaching.
    When she refused to pay a property tax on the grounds that it was 'taxation without representation,' the state of New Jersey seized her furniture and sold it at auction. (A sympathetic neighbor bought and returned it.)
    Her speech at the first National Women's Rights Convention (1850) inspired Susan B. Anthony to take up the cause of women's suffrage.
    She was called 'the morning star of the women's rights movement.'

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