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Admin/Biog History 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.
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Collection Sarah James
Dates of Accumulation 1911
Abstract Letter from Sarah James to former President Theodore Roosevelt requesting him to support women's suffrage during his speech in Oshkosh:

Oct. 9, 1912

Col. Theo. Roosevelt,

Dear Sir,

A word from you in Oshkosh Friday evening on the subject of Woman Suffrage might save Wisconsin from such defeat as Ohio met in her last election, and might give our state the honor of being the first state East of the Mississippi River to give women the ballot.
We would value your aid. We thank you for what you have done. Very truly,
Sarah james, Pres.
Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG11.78
Object Name Letter
People James, Sarah
Roosevelt, Theodore
Subjects Suffrage
Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League
Title Letter
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