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Kate Gannett Wells

(April 6, 1838 - December 13, 1911)

Philanthropist, reformer and writer. She was for women's education and professional life and for equal wages' she was notably anti-woman suffrage. Her father was Unitarian minister Ezra Stiles Gannett, her mother was Anna Tilden, and her brother William Channing Gannett was a Unitarian minister, serving the church in Rochester where Susan B. Anthony attended. She was married to Samuel Wells, a Boston attorney. Their son was Stiles Gannett Wells, a lawyer; they also had a daughter, Louisa Wells and one other child.


bullet Wells, Kate Boott Gannett - Dictionary of American National Biography - may require logon to access (available at many public libraries)
bullet The Boston Cooking-School Magazine: The Frist Seven Volumes, 1896-1902 - includes a paragraph about Kate Gannett Wells
bullet Campobello Public Library - cofounder
bullet The Story of a Pioneer - mention of Kate Gannett Well's run for the presidency of the New England Woman's Club as the roots of her anti-suffrage stance
bullet Harriet Townsend on Julia Ward Howe - brief mention
bulletNorth End Walk - brief mention and quotation
bullet Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay History - mention
bullet Article - with a quote by Wells
Some of her writings:
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, "About People". The Century, vol. 29, issue 5 (Mar 1885).
bulletGannett, Kate, Wells's "About People". The Century, vol. 29, issue 5 (Mar 1885).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Another's Child. A Story. The New England Magazine, vol. 16, issue 6 (Aug 1894).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, The Brass Cannon of Campobello. The New England Magazine, vol. 11, issue 1 (September 1891).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Caste in American Society. The Atlantic Monthly, vol. 48, issue 290 (December 1881).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Deborah Sampson, a Heroine of the American Revolution. The New England Magazine, vol. 19, issue 2 (Oct 1895).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Free Summer Pleasures for the People of Boston. The New England Magazine, vol. 12, issue 6 (August 1892).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, In and about Old Bumstead Place. The New England Magazine, vol. 15, issue 5 (January 1894).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Mrs. Rex's Brahmin. A Story. The New England Magazine, vol. 13, issue 1 (September 1892).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, An Old New England Divine. The Atlantic Monthly, vol. 54, issue 322 (August 1884).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, The Quoddy Hermit. The Atlantic Monthly, vol. 55, issue 332 (June 1885).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, A Reminiscent Honeymoon. A Story. The New England Magazine, vol. 24, issue 4 (June 1898).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, The Servant Girl of the Future. The North American Review, vol. 157, issue 445 (December 1893).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Some Facts Concerning State Aid to Higher Education in New England. The New England Magazine, vol. 8, issue 4 (June 1890).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, The Transitional American Woman. The Atlantic Monthly, vol. 46, issue 278 (December 1880).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Women in Organizations. The Atlantic Monthly, vol. 46, issue 275 (September 1880).
bulletWells, Kate Gannett, Mrs., Why More Girls Do Not Marry. The North American Review, vol. 152, issue 411 (February 1891).
bulletThe Arguments against Woman Suffrage by Mrs. Clara T. Leonard, Hon. George C. Crocker, Francis Parkman, Esq., and Mrs. Kate Gannett Wells, Carefully Examined and Completely Refuted (1884) - apparently not online
bullet"Address of Mrs. Kate Gannett Wells," Woman's Journal (16 Feb. 1884): 53 - apparently not online.
bulletMiss Curtis (1888)
bulletTwo Modern Women (1891)
Archives for further research:
bulletWilliam Channing Gannett papers - University of Rochester
bullet An Argument Against Woman Suffrage

Print resources:

bulletMary M. Huth. "Kate Gannett Wells, Anti-Suffragist." The University of Rochester Library Bulletin. Vol. XXXIV, 1981. Pp. 3-23.
bulletJerome Camhi, Women against Women: American Anti-Suffragism, 1880-1920 (1994).
bulletWilliam C. Gannett, Ezra Stiles Gannett (1875).
bulletThomas J. Jablonsky, The Home, Heaven, and Mother Party: Female Anti-Suffragists in the United States, 1868-1920 (1994).

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