Pillsbury building, 608 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Pillsbury Building

Pillsbury Building
Address: 608 2nd Avenue S
Neighborhood/s: Downtown West, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Historic Function: Office
Current Function: Office
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Stone

Downtown West Minneapolis Hennepin

Ethel Edgerton Hurd was born on August 11, 1845 in Galesburg Illinois. In 1865 she was the firs woman to graduate from Knox College. Shortly ater she married Tyrus Hurd, a railroad man. The couple eventually settled in Minnesota. After the death of her husband she enrolled in medical school at the University of Minnesota. Ethel Edgerton Hurd was one of only 68 doctors practicing in the state of Minnesota in 1900. For many years Hurd's office was in the Pillsbury building at 608 2nd Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hurd's early involvement in the suffrage movement was as the editor of the Minnesota Bulletin, a monthly newsletter from the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. She helped organize the Minnesota Scandinavian Woman Suffrage Association. During her suffrage career, Hurd's greatest involvement was with the Political Equality Club or Minneapolis.

The membership of the Political Equality Club consisted of both women and men. They distributed literature associated with Voting rights for women, lobbying Minnesota State legislators to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, organizing parades and authoring petitions. As president of the Political Equality Club of Minneapolis, Hurd helped organize events like the Historical Pageant in 1917, in which she played Elizabeth Cady Stanton. One of the major accomplishments of the club was the successful organization of the Minneapolis Woman's School and Library Organization.

Hurd was recognized as a speaker honoring suffrage pioneers at the National American Woman Suffrage Association Victory Convention just before the Nineteeth Amendment was ratified by the final states in 1920. Of the Minnesota Women involved in the suffrage movement, Hurd was the only one still alive to celebrate

the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[1]


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== Related Links ==

Related Links

History of Woman Suffrage

The Privilege for Which We Struggled

Gentle Warriors

Women of Minnesota Selected Biographical Essays

For the Record the History of the Minnesota League of Women Voters


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