Jessie Leigh Hutchinson 1916

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Jessie Leigh Hutchinson (1878-1932) grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and when she married E. L. Hutchinson in 1901 she came with him to live in Lexington. Their home was at 631 East Main Street. She served as Vice President of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association in 1907, 1912-15, and in 1917. She attended the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention as a KERA delegate in 1912, and served as a lecturer for the KERA Speakers Bureau. In 1915 while serving as president of the Fayette Equal Rights Association, Hutchinson rode on horseback as she led a suffrage parade in Lexington on May 1st; she also rode a horse as she led the women marchers in the 1916 parade, the largest ever in the state. That fall she organized a statewide series of lectures by Mrs. Philip Snowdon, English suffragist.  Hutchinson also had leadership roles in the Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky, the Board of Associated Charities of Lexington, and in the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs. In 1923-24 she served as the president of the Kentucky League of Women Voters. 

Image is clipped from "Mrs. Edward L. Hutchinson," The Lexington Herald (7 May 1916): 1.