SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AND WOMEN'S HISTORY
Sarah James

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Description Albumen print on Cabinet Card of Sarah James.
Year Range from 1882
Year range to 1882
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper
Neg # 21849
Notes Full standing Photograph of Sarah S. James wearing a white dress. taken at the time of her graduation from Oshkosh Normal School in 1882.
Sarah S. James was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin circa 1862, the daughter of Ebenezer James, a pioneer lumberman, manufactuer, and merchant. She grew up in a household with five sisters and at least one brother at 98 High Street. Sarah graduated from the Oshkosh Normal School in 1882 and also graduated from the Teacher's College of Columbia University in New York City. By 1884 she was teaching in Oshkosh High School and would continue to until 1911 when she retired to devote her full attention to the suffrage movement. She helped organize and became the president of the Equal Suffrage League of Oshkosh. Her offices were located at Room "I" in the Cook's Block on the corner of Main and Algoma. She also held meetings in her home. Sarah was also the recording secretary for the Political Equality League of Wisconsin and served as an officer alongside with Rose Swart (Oshkosh Normal School) and Jessie Jack Hooper (wife of Oshkosh Attorney Ben Hooper). Sarah helped organize local events, speaking engagements, and letter campaigns. She went to the Republican National Convention in Chicago to picket in 1920 and Washington D.C. Sarah spent the rest of her life at her home on High street living with two other maiden sisters. In February 1939, she fell walking home from downtown and broke her hip. She died at mercy Hospital on February 14, 1939.
Object ID P2000.32.26
Object Name cabinet card
People James, Sarah
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size H=6 1/2 W=4 1/4 in
Subjects Victorian
Portrait photographs
Female
Teachers
Students
Suffrage
Suffragists
Women's rights
Women's suffrage
Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League
Political Eaquality League of Wisconsin
Title Sarah James
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