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date: 20 October 2019

Gage, Matilda Joslynlocked

(24 March 1826–18 March 1898)
  • Elizabeth Zoe Vicary

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Gage, Matilda Joslyn (24 March 1826–18 March 1898), suffragist and writer, was born in Cicero, New York, the only child of Hezekiah Joslyn, a physician, and Helen Leslie. Hezekiah Joslyn supported woman suffrage, abolition, and temperance and made his family’s home a gathering place for activists and intellectuals. It was also a stop on the underground railroad. Gage’s father provided her early education, which included mathematics, Greek, and biology, after which she attended the Clinton Liberal Institute in New York. She married Henry H. Gage, a merchant, in 1845; they had five children, although one son died in infancy. The couple later moved to Syracuse and Manlius before finally settling in Fayetteville, New York. The first years of Gage’s marriage were ones of financial prosperity because of her husband’s successful dry goods business, but also ones of strain because of the burden of child care and the handicap of Gage’s recurrent invalidism....

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