Summary: Clota Terrell (Mrs. Stanley) Boykin was a local leader in the women's suffrage movement. She later served as one of the first women delegates ever elected to the Texas Democratic Convention as a delegate from Tarrant County. Her home at 1709 South Adams in the Fairmount District of Fort Worth still stands.
The scrapbook covers the local struggle to achieve the right of women to vote as part of the larger national effort from 1915 through the successful passing of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920, and the subsequent early participation of women as they became more directly involved in the political process. Clota Boykin's maiden name was Clota Terrell, but in all of her correspondence and public communications she went by the name Mrs. Stanley Boykin. Her husband, Stanley Boykin, was a successful Fort Worth attorney whose office was in the First National Bank Building.
A cameo from the scrapbook (image shown above) shows her with her two daughters, Camilla and Clota. Clicking on the cameo will reveal the full scrap book page. Mrs. Stanley Boykin, and the movement with which she was associated, also worked to improve the lives of children by performing such services as opening a "home for delinquent girls." It is clear that the power of the women's vote was quickly recognized in Texas as the scrapbook includes a letter from Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Robert E. Thomason, dated June 19, 1920, requesting the support of Mrs. Stanley Boykin. In this letter, Mrs. Stanley Boykin is identified as "one of nearly a hundred leading women in Texas." This scrapbook offers a rare glimpse into the local suffrage movement and early years of women's participation in the political process in Tarrant County and Texas.
Follow this link to the Mrs. Stanley (Clota Terrell) Boykin Scrapbook
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