Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite
Physician and women's rights leader Dr. Mary Wilhite was born and raised in Montgomery County. She graduated from Penn Medical University in Philadelphia in 1856 and opened a practice in Crawfordsville, making her one of the fist trained female physicians in the state. A local philanthropist, she helped found the Montgomery County Orphan's Home in the early 1880s.
A longtime proponent of women's equality, Wilhite helped revive the women's suffrage movement in Indiana after the Civil War. She was integral in founding the Montgomery County Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. Through her writings and speeches, she advocated for equal pay for equal work, increased educational opportunities for women, and full equality under the law.
Erected 2020 by Indiana Historical Bureau and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County. (Marker Number 54.2020.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Education • Science & Medicine
Location. 40° 2.379′ N, 86° 54.262′ W. Marker is in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of South Grant Avenue and West Wabash Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Grant Avenue. The marker stands across from the entrance of Wabash College. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 217 S Grant Ave, Crawfordsville IN 47933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wabash College Students who Served in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crawfordsville (Indiana) Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cradle of Basketball (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montgomery County's Tribute to her Heroic Dead (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint John's Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Howdy Wilcox (approx. 0.3 miles away); Otto Schlemmer Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawfordsville.
Additional keywords. Suffrage; suffragettes
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