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Haskell, Ella Louise Knowleslocked

(31 July 1860–27 January 1911)
  • Peter Wallenstein

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Haskell, Ella Louise Knowles (31 July 1860–27 January 1911), lawyer and suffragist, was born in Northwood Ridge, New Hampshire, the daughter of Louisa Bigelow and David Knowles, farmers. After graduating from Northwood Seminary (1875) and Plymouth State Normal College (1876), she taught school for four years to save money for further study. Manifesting ambition and persistence, she contested her society’s conventions of gender and attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Few women had previously attended the school, but she edited a college magazine and won prizes in debating and oratory before graduating with high honors in 1884. Knowles then moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, where she studied law in the office of Henry E. Burnham, later a U.S. senator....

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