Josephine Henry to Laura Clay, Jan. 19th [18]99, Laura Clay Papers, Box 6, folder 19, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center

Title: Letter from Josephine Henry to Laura Clay, Jan. 19th [18]99

Repository: 46m4: Laura Clay Papers, Box 6, folder 19, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center, Lexington, KY

Mary C. Roark, 1896

Mrs. Mary Creegan Roark (Of Lexington, President of Lexington Sorosis). "Women at the Polls In Lexington Last Fall." Courier-Journal (May 17, 1896) [clipping in Laura Clay Papers, Box 18, folder 18, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center].

The clipping, describing the successful school board elections in Lexington of the fall of 1895 and the installation of the new board, included a short biography of Mrs. Roark, under the subtitle: "A Successful Candidate" as follows:

Mary Eleanor Tarrant Little, 1872-1917: Louisville Social Reformer and Suffragist

Mary Eleanor Tarrant was born in 1872 in Macon, Mississippi. Her father, Samuel Tarrant, was a civil war veteran and worked as a merchant (in what business is not recorded). Her mother, Eliza Watkins Selleck Tarrant, seems to have had no paying job when Eleanor was born. When the family moved to Louisville sometime in the 1880s, however, Eliza Tarrant kept a boarding house, and when she and her husband moved to Chicago around 1900, she pursued this occupation there.

Kentucky legislature refuses to return to partial suffrage for women again

In addition to her many other social reform campaigns, including the building of a state tuberculosis sanitorium, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge lobbied in the early years of the 20th century for the restoration of Kentucky women's right to vote in school board elections.

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