Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts on February 15, 1820. Her first six formative years were spent in Adams at her East Road home. She was a bright child and could read and write by the age of three. Her family life was steeped in the “Quaker Values” of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship.
Susan’s core belief and value structure which guided her political and social beliefs were formed right here in Adams. Her beliefs led to a life dedicated to equality, not only for women, but for persons of all races and creeds.
By the 1850s, Susan B. Anthony became an associate of Fredrick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, leaders in the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War. Already an advocate of temperance and a good friend of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she also endorsed rights for women and in 1869 helped found the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. In an act of civil disobedience, Susan broke the law by voting in the 1872 presidential election. She was arrested, tried and fined $100, which she refused to pay in hopes of an appeal to the Supreme Court. However, because the judgement was never enforced, no appeals could be made.
In 1892, she became the National Woman’s Suffrage Association’s president. Susan B. Anthony did not live to see women get the right to vote. She died in 1906, 13 years before the 19th Amendment was passed.
Please visit the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum website.