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Susan B. Anthony’s Gavel, 1888

Susan B. Anthony’s Gavel, 1888

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This rosewood and ivory gavel was presented to Susan B. Anthony by delegates from forty-nine countries invited to attend a meeting of the National Woman Suffrage Association. The meeting resulted in the formation of the International Congress of Women. The gavel was used by Anthony, Anna Howard Shaw, and Carrie Chapman Catt to chair Woman Suffrage conventions. The head is engraved “order is Heaven’s first law,” and, “Nat’l Woman Suffrage Assn. March 25 1888,” The quote, “order is Heaven’s first law,” comes from Alexander Pope’s 1734 poem, An Essay on Man.
Object Name
associated institution
National American Woman Suffrage Association
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brown (overall color)
ivory (overall material)
white (overall color)
overall: 10 3/4 in; 27.305 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Lucy E. Anthony
History, Women's Suffrage
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Political and Military History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Woman Suffrage
Creating Icons
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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