The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Lydia Mott

Lydia Mott (1807-1875) lived on Maiden Lane in Albany. At this address, famous among reformers and politicians, she provided a home for her sisters, fugitive slaves, and traveling abolitionists. A capable organizer, she had charge of conventions and legislative hearings for the antislavery movement; she was also, ECS wrote, "one of the quiet workers who kept all things pertaining to the woman's rights reform in motion at the capital." A distant relative of James Mott and the daughter of Long Island Quakers, she moved to Albany in 1824 to teach school with her sisters and brother. She also taught briefly in Philadelphia where SBA was her pupil.
(SBA diary, 19 February, 8 March 1838, Film, 6:133ff; Cornell, Adam and Anne Mott, 1890], 134, 219; History, 1:744-45n; Woman's Journal, 28 August 1875; obituaries in SBA scrapbook 8, Rare Books, DLC.)