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Caroline Maria Seymour Severance


Caroline Maria Seymour Severance, American philanthropist.


Severance, Caroline Maria Seymour was born on January 12, 1820 in Canandaigua, New York, United States. Daughter of Orson and Caroline M. (Clarke) Seymour.


Graduate Female Seminary, Geneva, New York, 1835.


One of founders and 1st president, 1868, of N.E. Woman’s Club, Boston, a few weeks before Sorosis of New York was organized—so sometimes called “the mother of women’s clubs.” Active in woman suffrage agitation in Cleveland and Boston, and lectured at various places. Prepared several memorials and appeals for suffrage, also papers before Women’s Congress. Was on board of Hospital for Women and Children, Boston.

Has founded clubs in California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. And has been trustee of Unitarian Church and Public Library. Founder and president Los Angeles Free Kindergarten Association Pioneer suffragist.

Home: Los Angeles, Calif.


Married Theodoric C. Severance, August 27, 1840 (died 1892).

Orson Seymour

Caroline M. (Clarke) Seymour

Theodoric C. Severance