What You Didn't Know About Susan B. Anthony

By | November 8, 2019

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Photograph of Susan B. Anthony. Source: (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

The name Susan B. Anthony is nearly synonymous with women's suffrage, but surprisingly few people know the details of her life and the important work that she did to advance the cause of women's rights. Did you know, for example, that she was arrested for casting a vote? Or that she didn't live to see the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote? Or that her likeness was very nearly added to Mount Rushmore? Here are some of the things you didn't know about Susan B. Anthony, champion of the women's suffrage movement. 

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Susan B. Anthony in her later years. Source: (thoughtco.com)

The "B" Stood for "Brownell"

Susan Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts on February 15, 1820. She was actually given no middle name or initial at birth, but later in her youth, such additions became fashionable. She and her sisters subsequently selected their own, with Susan adopting a "B" for "Brownell," the last name of the man her aunt Susan, after whom she was named, had married.