Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

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Project Name:
Kentucky Woman Suffrage

Name of Historic Site:
Montgomery County Court House

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
In January of 1914, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge spoke here, accompanied by Beatrice Moses.


Mt. Sterling

Zip Code:
Street Address: 
1 Court Street

Associated Organization:
Montgomery County Government

Years of Importance:
Geographic Location: 
Your Affiliation: 
Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project

Additional Comments:

On Friday January 23, 1914, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge spoke here, accompanied by Beatrice Moses of Louisville, before a large crowd. She was introduced by Dr. W.R. Thompson, president of the Business Men's Club and the meeting was presided over by Mr. T. J. Bigstaff. Those interested in helping to form a club in Mt. Sterling were asked to sign a card and meet with Breckinridge and Moses on Saturday morning at the Court House. The local newspaper described the open-air meeting on page 1 of the Wednesday paper, and though the editors were complimentary of Mrs. Breckinridge, they were skeptical of the outcomes. "Mrs. Breckinridge is a brilliant woman and her address was very interesting as it was the first of its kind ever heard here. There has been very little interest in the woman's suffrage movement locally and we hardly think it will be a success in this community." (Mt. Sterling Advocate, Jan 28, 1914)  Nevertheless, a 1914 KERA list of League Presidents shows Montgomery County with Mrs. Hattie Howell of Mount Sterling as president. Local research is needed since there were no notices from this league in the KERA annual convention reports.

Reference source of Information:
"Presidents and Chairmen of County Leagues in Kentucky, Jan. 4, 1914." Laura Clay Papers, Box 15, folder 23. University of Kentucky Special Collections & Research Center, Lexington, KY. (transcribed and available on H-Kentucky,