Abby Crawford Milton

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Abby Crawford Milton (6 February 1881 – 2 May 1991[1]) was an American suffragist.[2][3] She was the last president of the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association.[3] She traveled throughout Tennessee making speeches and organizing suffrage leagues in small communities.[3] In 1920, she, along with Anne Dallas Dudley and Catherine Talty Kenny, led the campaign in Tennessee to approve ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.[4][5] On August 18, Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to ratify the amendment, thereby giving women the right to vote throughout the country.[6]

After the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, Milton became the first president of the League of Women Voters of Tennessee.[3] She also worked toward the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and attended Democratic national conventions as a delegate-at-large.[3] In 1924 she gave the seconding nomination speech for William Gibbs McAdoo as he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination.[3] In the late 1930s she ran for the Tennessee State Senate, but lost.[3]

Further reading

  • Carole Stanford Bucy, "The Thrill of History Making: Suffrage Memories of Abby Crawford Milton," Tennessee Historical Quarterly 50 (1996): 224-39.


  1. Gerontology Research Group: Photo gallery of supercentenarians born in 1881
  2. Tennessee Through Time, The Later Years. Gibbs Smith. 1 August 2007. pp. 172–. ISBN 978-1-58685-806-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Carole Stanford Bucy (December 25, 2009). "Abby Crawford Milton". The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, Version 2.0. Tennessee Historical Society. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Services For Mrs. Dudley To Be Held Thursday". Nashville Banner. September 14, 1955.
  5. Anastatia Sims (1998). "Woman Suffrage Movement". In Carroll Van West. Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Tennessee Historical Society. ISBN 1-55853-599-3.
  6. "Services For Mrs. Dudley To Be Held Thursday". Nashville Banner. September 14, 1955.