1839 – Frances E. Willard Born Today

On this date prohibitionist was born in New York. As a child, her family moved to Janesville, Wisconsin where her father ran a farm. She attended Female College of Milwaukee for one year and finished her college degree at the Woman’s College of Northwestern University. She became associated with the evangelist movement, along with Dwight Moody and was elected president of the National Women’s Temperance Union in 1879. She zealously participated in the fight for prohibition and she helped organize the Prohibition Party in 1882. During the same year she was elected president of the National Council of Women. She later founded and served as president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1883. At the time of her death in 1898, she was the first woman honored to have her statue chosen for the National Statuary Hall Collection. [Source: ]