Laura Clay

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Project Name:
Kentucky Woman Suffrage

Name of Historic Site:
Lexington Cemetery

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Burial place of Laura Clay



Zip Code:
Street Address: 
833 W. Main Street

Associated Organization:
Lexington Cemetery
Geographic Location: 
Your Affiliation: 
Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project

Additional Comments:

Laura Clay (1849-1941) was president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association until 1912 and after the National American Woman Suffrage Association was formed she was a very effective field worker as well as regularly elected as an officer (auditor); she was also a leader in the Woman's Peace Party, the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs. She continues to feature heavily in Kentucky's history as a leading suffragist, despite her break with KERA and NAWSA due to her controversial stance against the 19th Amendment on behalf of the Southern States Woman Suffrage Conference she helped form. She served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920 and was the first woman to be awarded votes toward becoming a major political party's presidential nominee. She was buried in Section J, Lot 6 of the Lexington Cemetery next to her mother and eldest sister, Mary Barr Clay.

Reference source of Information:
Fuller, Paul E. Laura Clay and the Woman's Rights Movement. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1975. Smith, Mary Jane Smith. "Laura Clay (1849-1941): States' Rights and Southern Suffrage Reform," 119-139 in Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times. Edited by Melissa A. McEuen and Thomas H. Appleton Jr. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.