Women In History - Ohio Bicentennial Figures
Women in History offers many stories from Ohio Women. Developed for the Ohio Bicentennial in 2003, these women bring Ohio History to life. Ohio Figures are listed on the “Figures” page denoted with a State of Ohio symbol.
Noted Cleveland author of biographies, poetry and a temperance novel
African-American founder of the The Cleveland Home for Aged Colored People
Pioneer woman of Cleveland
Most infamous Cleveland financial con-artist
Actress, singer and dancer. Star of Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess
African-American entrepreneur, stagecoach driver, pioneer
Jewish-American news journalist and television broadcaster; developed format for television news programming
Wife of James Garfield, 20th President of the United States was First Lady for six months when her husband was assassinated. "Crete" returned home to Lawnfield in Mentor where her life continued in a non-traditional way
African-American delegate to the U.N., opera singer, speaker and educator
Wife of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, was a determined woman who despite family objections married the man she loved. Outspoken, she also created her own plans for ending the Civil War and holding a secret Presidential Inauguration.
Wife of Warren Harding, 29th President of the United States, the first presidential wife able to vote for her husband. Scandal plagued this First Lady throughout her life
Wife of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, was the first president-general of the newly formed DAR. An accomplished watercolorist, she designed and painted the Harrison state china and organized the White House china collection
Wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States, was the first presidential wife to have a college degree. She originated the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn
Founder of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Music Settlement House
African-American social worker, attorney, founder of Phyllis Wheatley Association of Cleveland
African-American eldress of the Shaker sect in Cleveland.
First successful African-American sculptor
Cleveland philanthropist, founder of Flora Stone Mather college at Western Reserve University for women. Sponsored Goodrich House for urban children
Wife of William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, developed a unique way of coping with her epileptic seizures during her public appearances as First Lady
World famous markswoman from Ohio
First African-American settler of Cleveland
Cleveland humanitarian, temperance advocate, abolitionist, founder of Beech Brook
Cleveland suffragist, President of League of Women Voters, social reformer.
Immigrant from Greece, suffragette.
Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Wife of William H. Taft, 27th President of the United States, always longed to live in the White House. Known for planting Washington D.C.’s legendary cherry trees
African-American attorney, school principal, actress at Karamu
First woman to run for President, center of a scandal that rocked the nation