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Emily Newell Blair

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Emily Newell Blair (January 9, 1877 – August 3, 1951) was an American writer, suffragist, feminist, national Democratic Party political leader, and a founder of the League of Women Voters. Biography Early life and ancestors Emily Jane Newell Blair was born in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, on January 9, 1877, and died August 3, 1951, in Alexandra, Arlington County, Virginia. She was a daughter of James Patton Newell and Anna Cynthia Gray. As a child, Emily was an avid reader, and, from a remarkably young age, a talented writer. She was a plump, assertive child and thought that she was not especially popular with her classmates or teachers. To compensate, she excelled in her schoolwork and was the leader of her siblings at home. Her father, a native of Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania, as a young man, made a fortune in lumber and oil. Unfortunately, he explored for more oil and lost the fortune. He removed to Joplin, Missouri, around 1874 with his lawyer's
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