| Mabel Lloyd Ridgely of Dover
led the suffragists of Kent County. She served as president
of the Delaware Equal Suffrage Association during the ratification
struggle. When that organization became the League of Women
Voters, she served as its first president. A letter of hers
on ratification is in this notebook.
A native of Washington,
D.C., Mabel Lloyd Ridgely studied art and architecture in her
youth. She moved to Delaware after she married Henry Ridgely.
Mrs. Ridgely had a lifelong interest in the preservation of
Delaware's documentary and architectural heritage. She was
for many years the president of the State Archives Commission,
which created the state archives. Her historic preservation
efforts focused on the Dover area, where she helped preserved the
Old State House and the John Dickinson Mansion. A special
project was preserving the papers of the Ridgely family, now in
the Delaware State Archives. She was also involved in
providing public library services in southern Delaware.
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