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H. B. BLACKWELL presented the following:

CONSTITUTION OF THE AMERICAN WOMAN SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION.

PREAMBLE: The undersigned, friends of woman suffrage,
assembled in delegate Convention in Cleveland, Ohio,
November 24th and 25th, 1869, in response to a call widely
signed and after a public notice duly given, believing that
a truly representative National organization is needed for
the orderly and efficient prosecution of the suffrage
movement in America, which shall embody the deliberate
action of State and local organizations, and shall carry
with it their united weight, do hereby form the American
Woman Suffrage Association.


ARTICLE I.

NAME: This Association shall be known as the American Woman
Suffrage Association.


ARTICLE II.

OBJECT: Its object shall be to concentrate the efforts of
all the advocates of woman, suffrage in the United States
for National purposes only, viz:

SEC. 1. To form auxiliary State Associations in every State
where none such now exist, and to co-operate with those
already existing, which shall declare themselves auxiliary
before the first day of March next, the authority of the
auxiliary Societies being recognized in their respective
localities, and their plan being promoted by every means in
our power.

SEC. 2. To hold an annual meeting of delegates for the
transaction of business and the election of officers for the
ensuing year; also, one or more national conventions for the
advocacy of woman suffrage.

SEC. 3. To publish tracts, documents, and other matter for
the supply of State and local societies and individuals at
actual cost.

SEC. 4. To prepare and circulate petitions to State
Legislatures, to Congress, or to constitutional conventions
in behalf of the legal and political equality of woman; to
employ lecturers and agents, and to take any measures the
Executive Committee may think fit, to forward the objects of
the Association.


ARTICLE III.--ORGANIZATION.

SEC. 1. The officers of this Association shall be a
President, eight Vice-Presidents at Large, Chairman of the
Executive Committee, Foreign Corresponding Secretary, two
Recording Secretaries, and a Treasurer, all of whom shall be
_ex-officio_ members of the Executive Committee from each
State and Territory, and from the District of Columbia, as
hereinafter provided.

SEC. 2. Every President of an auxiliary State society shall
be _ex-officio_ a vice-president of this Association.

SEC. 3. Every chairman of the Executive Committee of an
auxiliary State society shall be _ex-officio_ a member of
the Executive Committee of this Association.

SEC. 4. In cases where no auxiliary State society exists, a
suitable person may be selected by the annual meeting, by
the Executive Committee, as Vice-President or member of the
Executive Committee, to serve only until the organization of
said State Association.

SEC. 5. The Executive Committee may fill all vacancies that
may occur prior to the next annual meeting.

SEC. 6. All officers shall be elected annually at any annual
meeting of delegates, on the basis of the Congressional
representation of the respective States and Territories,
except as above provided.

SEC. 7. No distinction on account of sex shall ever be made
in the membership or in the selection of officers of this
Society; but the general principle shall be that one half of
the officers shall, as nearly as convenient, be men, and one
half women.

SEC. 8. No money shall be paid by the Treasurer except under
such restrictions as the Executive Committee may provide.

SEC. 9. Five members of the Executive Committee, when
convened by the Chairman, after fifteen days written notice
previously mailed to each of its members, shall constitute a
quorum. But no action thus taken shall be final, until such
proceedings shall have been ratified in writing by at least
fifteen members of the Committee.

SEC. 10. The Chairman shall convene a meeting whenever
requested to do so by five members of the Executive
Committee.


ARTICLE IV.

This Association shall have a branch office in every State
in connection with the office of the auxiliary State Society
therein, and shall have a central office at such place as
the Executive Committee may determine.


ARTICLE V.

This Constitution may be amended at any annual meeting, by a
vote of three-fifths of the delegates present therein.


ARTICLE VI.

Any person may become a member of the American Woman
Suffrage Association by signing the Constitution and paying
the sum of $1 annually, or life members by paying the sum of
$10, which membership shall entitle the individual to attend
the business meetings of delegates and participate in their
deliberations.


ARTICLE VII.

Honorary members may be appointed by the annual meeting or
by the Executive Committee, in consideration of services
rendered.

The officers of the Association were then appointed:

_President_--Henry Ward Beecher.

_Vice Presidents at Large_--T. W. Higginson, Mary A.
Livermore, William Lloyd Garrison, Mrs. W. T. Hazard, George
W. Curtis, Celia M. Burleigh, George W. Julian, Margaret V.
Longley.

_Chairman of Executive Committee_--Lucy Stone.

_Foreign Corresponding Secretary_--Julia Ward Howe.

_Corresponding Secretary_--Myra Bradwell.

_Recording Secretaries_--Henry B. Blackwell, Amanda Way.

_Treasurer_--Frank B. Sanborn.

_Vice-Presidents_--Maine, Rev. Amory Battles; New Hampshire,
Armenia S. White; Vermont, Hon. C. W. Willard;
Massachusetts, Caroline M. Severance; Rhode Island, Rowland
G. Hazard; Connecticut, Seth Rogers; New York, Oliver
Johnson; New Jersey, Antoinette Brown Blackwell;
Pennsylvania, Robert Purvis; Delaware, Mrs. Hanson Robinson;
Ohio, Dr. H. M. Tracy Cutler; Indiana, Lizzie M. Boynton;
Illinois, C. B. Waite; Wisconsin, Rev. H. Eddy; Michigan,
Moses Coit Tyler; Minnesota, Mrs. A. Knight; Kansas, Hon.
Charles Robinson; Iowa, Amelia Bloomer; Missouri, Hon. Isaac
H. Sturgeon; Tennessee, Hon. Guy W. Wines; Florida, Alfred
Purdie; Oregon, Mrs. General Rufus Saxton; California, Rev.
Charles G. Ames; Virginia, Hon. J. C. Underwood; Washington
Territory, Hon. Rufus Leighton; Arizona, Hon. A. K. P.
Safford.

_Executive Committee_--Maine, Mrs. Oliver Dennett; New
Hampshire, Hon. Nathaniel White; Vermont, Mrs. James
Hutchinson, Jr.; Massachusetts, Rev. Rowland Connor; Rhode
Island, Elizabeth B. Chace; Connecticut, Rev. Olympia Brown;
New York, Mrs. Theodore Tilton; New Jersey, Mary F. Davis;
Pennsylvania, Mary Grew; Delaware, Dr. John Cameron; Ohio,
Andrew J. Boyer; Indiana, Rev. Charles Marshall; Illinois,
Hon. J. B. Bradwell; Wisconsin, Lilie Peckham; Michigan,
Lucinda H. Stone; Minnesota, Abby J. Spaulding; Kansas, Mrs.
C. I. H. Nichols; Iowa, Belle Mansfield; Missouri, Mrs.
Francis Minor; Tennessee, Rev. Charles J. Woodbury; Florida,
Mrs. Dr. Hawkes; California, Mrs. Mary E. Ames; Virginia,
Hon. A. M. Fretz; District of Columbia, Grace Greenwood.

The addresses of the evening were made by Judge Bradwell and Mary
A. Livermore, of Illinois; Miriam M. Cole, of Ohio; Lilie
Peckham, of Wisconsin; Frank B. Sanborn, editor of the
Springfield, Mass., _Republican_; and Dr. Lees, of Leeds,
England. At the Thursday morning session the attendance was
large, and the interest in the Convention seemed to be
increasing. The forenoon was devoted to a consideration of the
basis of the National organization, its constitution and by-laws.
The discussions[185] were earnest, temperate, in excellent
spirit, every woman keeping within the five minutes' rule, and
speaking to the point--a circumstance commented on pleasantly by
the President. The articles of the Constitution and By-Laws were
discussed _seriatim_, and adopted, and then the Constitution, as
a whole, was adopted. A letter was presented by Mrs. Lucy Stone,
from the proprietor of the Birch House, Water Street, offering to
entertain a few delegates--free. She also read the following:


CLEVELAND, _November 25, 1869_.

_To the Delegates of the Woman's National Convention_:--The
Faculty of the Homeopathic College hereby extend their most
cordial invitation to your honorable body to visit the
College. Conveyances for the same will be in readiness at
any time desired. In this College, now in its twentieth
annual session, woman, with the exception of one winter, has
always been equal with man in privilege and honor, and here
she shall always share an equal privilege and honor, so long
as she is willing to conform to the same standard of
culture.

Yours, most respectfully,
T.



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