Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Margaret Elizabeth Vater Longley (1831-1912), a journalist from Cincinnati, was a member of the executive committee of the National Woman Suffrage Association and would become a vice president of the Ohio association. Through 1870 she took pains to work with both camps of suffragists. Margaret married Elias Longley in 1847, while they both lived in a utopian community in Cincinnati. Her husband was a highly regarded stenographic reporter and advocate of phonetic spelling, who ran a publishing company in Cincinnati from 1847 to 1862. For a time in 1869, Margaret was an editor of the Dayton Woman's Advocate. The Longleys moved to California in 1885, and in the 1890s, Margaret headed the Los Angeles Campaign Committee for a referendum of suffrage. -- Ann D. Gordon: The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, Vol.II: Against an Aristocracy of Sex 1866 to 1873, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick (2000).

Her name was Elizabeth Margaret Vater Longley, not Margaret Elizabeth Vater Longley. She was born on August 3, 1830, at St. Pancras, London. She married with Elias Longley on May 12, 1847, at Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1869 she was an editor of Woman's Advocate and in 1877 she was a court reporter of Cincinnati Tägliche Abend-Post. In 1882 she was a teacher of the Cincinnati Shorthand and Type-Writer Institute, and published "Type-Writer Lessons for the Use of Teachers and Learners Adapted to Remington's Perfected Type-Writers" and "Caligraph Lessons for the Use of Teachers and Learners Designed to Develop Accurate and Reliable Operators" to spread her eight-finger typing method. She left Cincinnati in May, 1885, and then resided South Pasadena, California. She became the Vice-President of People's Party in California on May 22, 1894. She died on April 17, 1912, at South Pasadena (cf. Koichi Yasuoka and Motoko Yasuoka: Myth of QWERTY Keyboard, NTT Publishing, Tokyo (2008)).


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