Women’s Suffrage in Lycoming County

Among the many Lycoming County women whose names were associated with the suffrage movement of the early 1900s was Edit Fleming Allen (Mrs. Robert Fleming Allen) of South Williamsport. Unlike many women of that era, Edith chaired local suffrage meetings while she still had youngsters at home.

After the death of her first husband, she married Renshaw C. DeWitt. She continued to play an exceptionally active role in local and state politics and in the Democratic Party.  She was elected as a delegate to the national presidential nominating conventions of both 1924 and 1943. She served as Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary for Welfare and Deputy State Treasurer. Also, in 1930, she sought the elected office of Secretary for Internal Affairs but was defeated.

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