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Burns, Lucylocked

(28 July 1879–22 December 1966)
  • Mary Walton

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Burns, Lucy (28 July 1879–22 December 1966), suffragist and vice chairman of the Congressional Union, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the fourth of eight children of Edward and Ann (Early) Burns. Raised in a close-knit, Irish Catholic family, Burns was fortunate in having a father who believed in education for women and had the means as a bank vice president to provide it. His five daughters attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, the best girls’ school in Brooklyn’s best neighborhood. Tall and sturdy, with blazing red hair, blue eyes, and dimples, Burns was a proficient debater known for her robust sense of humor. In the mock epitaphs for each graduate, the one penned for Burns reflected a personality “untamed by Packer’s genteel culture. ‘I ought to have my way in everything, and what’s more, I will too’” (Walton, p. 29)....

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