Alice Paul was born on January 11, 1885 in Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. She was the eldest of four children of William Mickle Paul and Tacy Parry. Her father was the founder and president of Burlington County Trust Company, a real estate investor, and the owner of a working farm. Paul's mother attended Swarthmore College. Accompanying her mother to a suffrage meeting was one of Paul's earliest recollections.