Carrying a “suffrage torch to enlighten the State of New York upon the needs of its women,” said a New York Times article published then, East Hampton resident Mrs. Thomas L. Manson rode by automobile across Long Island, beginning at Montauk Point. She handed the torch to another woman, who carried it to New York City. The relay crusade ended in Buffalo, where Harriot Stanton Blatch, the daughter of early suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, addressed a huge rally.
Mrs. Manson’s suffragist efforts didn’t begin or end at that rally. And her civic actions weren’t just limited to the women’s suffragist movement. Yet the dots of her life’s story hadn’t quite been connected... more