KERA Office

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Project Name:
Kentucky Woman Suffrage

Name of Historic Site:
Office of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, 726 McClelland Building

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Office for Mrs. Breckinridge, both for KERA and for her work with the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis

County:
Fayette

Town/City:
Lexington

Zip Code:
40507

Associated Organization:
A commercial bank today

Years of Importance:
1912-1920
Geographic Location: 
Your Affiliation: 
University of Kentucky

Additional Comments:

The office of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association was at 726 McClelland Building, one of the first two tall buildings in Lexington. See for example the essay contest notice in a University student newspaper The Idea (January 21, 1915) sponsored by the KERA.  Madeline McDowell Breckinridge served as president from 1912 to 1915; she also served as second vice-president of the NAWSA between 1913 and 1915. The daughter of Mary Barr Clay, Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett (wife of T. Jefferson) Smith, took on the presidency in 1915 for only one year before going to work for the NAWSA. Christine Bradley South of Frankfort finished out Smith's term, and then Breckinridge was elected president again in 1919.