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Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Abigail Scott Duniway

Rebel for Rights

 
 
Abigail Scott Duniway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
1. Abigail Scott Duniway Marker
Captions: (upper left) Abigail Scott Duniway; (lower right) Abigail Scott Duniway at the polls.
Inscription. "When woman's true history shall have been written, her part in the upbuilding of this nation will astound the world." -- Abigail Scott Duniway, Path Breaking (1914)

The third in a family of fourteen, Abigail "Jenny" Scott traveled west in 1852. Her father assigned her the task at age seventeen to write a diary of the journey. Abigail's vivid word pictures captured the sights, sounds, and tragedies of the Trail - including the deaths of her mother and beloved youngest brother, Willie.
After arriving in Oregon, Abigail married Ben Duniway. His health problems and financial mismanagement thrust on her the role of "bread winner." She reared her family, taught, made and sold hats, and turned her Oregon Trail experiences into literature. She wrote Captain Gray's Company (1859) and numerous other novels.
A regional leader of the suffrage movement for 42 years, Duniway edited and published the New Northwest from 1871-87. She traveled, lectured, exhorted, and finally got the right to vote in 1912. Duniway died in 1915, a nationally acclaimed proponent of women's rights.

"Man without a woman is like one-half of a pair of dislocated shears." Abigail Scott Duniway, Speech to National American Women Suffrage Association, 1899.
 
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Abigail Scott Duniway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
2. Abigail Scott Duniway Marker
of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
 
Location. 45° 21.868′ N, 122° 35.666′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fishing At Tumwater (here, next to this marker); Lot Whitcomb (a few steps from this marker); Earthquakes and Mountain Fog (a few steps from this marker); Sidney W. Moss (a few steps from this marker); Medorem Crawford (a few steps from this marker); Clackamas Chinook (a few steps from this marker); Wagons (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trail of Tears (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oregon City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the End Of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center facing outward towards Abernethy Green.
 
Also see . . .  Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915) -- Oregon Encyclopedia. Outspoken and often controversial, Abigail Scott Duniway is remembered as Oregon's "Mother of Equal Suffrage" and "the pioneer Woman Suffragist of
Duniway (seated) with Governor Oswald West, signing the women's suffrage amendment image. Click for full size.
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3. Duniway (seated) with Governor Oswald West, signing the women's suffrage amendment
the great Northwest." As lecturer, organizer, writer, and editor, Duniway devoted over forty years to the cause of women's rights.
(Submitted on February 18, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Civil RightsSettlements & SettlersWomen
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on February 18, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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