Zerelda was one of those influenced by May Sewall, but she didn’t really get active in the suffrage movement until a state legislator made fun of her for presenting them with a petition on behalf of temperance signed by 20,000 women.
Since women couldn’t vote, he said, why should he care what they had to say? By 1887, she was the vice president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, the group led by Susan B. Anthony. Her stepson, General Lew Wallace, wrote: “In all the states of the Union, there are good people who know and speak of her as Mother Wallace, the sweet-tongued apostle of temperance and reform.”
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