Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Madeline M. Breckinridge / Kentucky Suffrage Leader
This descendant of Henry Clay and Ephraim McDowell was born 1872 in Franklin Co.; grew up at "Ashland," Clay's home; and married Desha Breckinridge, editor of Lexington Herald. Ill with tuberculosis, she promoted its treatment and cure; advanced educational opportunities for poor children in Lexington and entire state; and helped gain voting rights for women. Over.
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge saw woman suffrage as a way to advance social reform. Served as pres. of Ky. Equal Rights Assoc. 1912-15 and 1919-20; vice pres. of National American Woman Suffrage Assoc., 1913-15. Ratification of 19th amendment by Ky. legislature, 1920, largely credited to her efforts. She died same year, after amendment passed. Buried in Lexington Cem.
Erected 1990 by Kentucky Historical Society. (Marker Number 1876.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Civil RightsScience & Medicine • Women. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Women's Suffrage series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 38° 1.745′ N, 84° 28.824′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Sycamore Road close to Richmond Road. "Ashland," the estate of Henry Clay, Lexington. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington KY 40502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln and Henry Clay (a few steps from this marker); "Ashland" (within shouting distance of this marker); Childhood Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Agriculture at Ashland (within shouting distance of this marker); A&M College at Ashland (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Clay (within shouting distance of this marker); Garden Club of Lexington / Ashland Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Action At "Ashland" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2010, by Matt Carter of Lexington, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2010, by Matt Carter of Lexington, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.