Biography and History

Mary Ashton Rice Livermore (1820-1905) of Boston, Massachusetts, was an American suffragette and reformer. In 1845 she married Reverend Daniel Parker Livermore, and together they co-edited the New Covenant, a church periodical, from 1857 to 1869. Mrs. Livermore was a proponent of the temperance cause and an activist in the women's suffrage movement. For a number of years, she was president of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association and honorary president of the Massachusetts Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Her extensive and dedicated philanthropic work with such groups as the Boston Women's Educational and Industrial and the Woman's Relief Corps was lauded by her contemporaries. Founder and editor of The Agitator and the Woman's Journal (1869-1872), Mrs. Livermore became a spokesman for woman's suffrage; twice she was selected as a delegate to the Massachusetts State Republican Convention, where she presented temperance and suffrage resolutions which were incorporated into the party platform. As a lecturer at the Redpath Lyceum Bureau in Boston, she was much in demand, speaking for audiences of “mothers, teachers, and clergymen” alike.

Source: From the finding aid for C0117


  • Suffragettes -- United States -- 19th century..
  • Mary A. Livermore Collection. 1846-1905 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0117

    Mary Ashton Rice Livermore (1820-1905) was an American suffragette and reformer. Her collection consists of two acquisitions: Box 1 (AM 12815) was purchased in 1946 and consists of autograph notes, drafts, typescripts, and reprints of several lectures, articles and short stories by or pertaining to Mary Livermore; Boxes 2-7 (AM 13484) was also purchased in 1946 and contains material which was apparently collected by Adelaide Witherington Boynton, a family member.