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Carrie Chapman Catt: Topics in Chronicling America

Carrie Chapman Catt was a suffragist and the founder of the League of Women Voters. This guide provides access to materials related to the “Carrie Chapman Catt” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"Miss Carrie Chapman Catt lecturing." September 28, 1913. New-York Tribune (New York, NY), Image 29. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

As one of the leading suffragists of the 1900s, Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as President of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1900. After stepping down as President in 1904, Catt focused on international suffrage advocacy before returning to the role of NAWSA President in 1915. Catt lobbied for a federal suffrage amendment until the successful ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Also in 1920, she founded the League of Women Voters, an organization which still remains today. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


1900 Catt becomes President of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association upon Susan B. Anthony’s 80th birthday.
1902 Catt founds organization for international suffrage advocacy.
1904 Anna Howard Shaw succeeds her as the President.
1906 Catt speaks at Anthony’s funeral. 1913 Catt holds international conference in Budapest, opens a school to train suffragists, and campaigns to stop the hanging of Bessie Wakefield.
October 1915  Catt praises President Wilson after he says he will support suffrage in New Jersey.
December 1915  Catt replaces Shaw as NAWSA President.
1916 Catt advocates for world peace.
1917 Catt calls for ratification of Anthony Amendment.
February 1920 Catt founds the League of Women Voters.
August 1920 Catt travels to Tennessee to urge the approval of the Anthony Amendment. Tennessee is the last state needed for ratification.