Fox, Ruth May, 1853-1958

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Ruth May Fox was a leader in women's organizations in the Mormon Church and active in the campaign for women's rights in Utah. She was born in Wiltshire, England, to James and Mary Ann May. Her mother died when she was an infant. In 1865, her father, a worker in a woolen mill, went to the United States and later sent for his daughter and Mary Thompson Sexton, a widow with whom he had left Ruth, and whom he subsequently married. The family moved in 1867 to Salt Lake City. In 1873 Ruth May married Jesse Williams Fox, a surveyor; they had six sons and six daughters. Ruth Fox served for forty years as a member of the General Board of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association, was treasurer of the Utah Territorial Woman Suffrage Association, and was active in Republican political organizations. She died in Salt Lake City. In 1888 her husband took a second wife, Rosemary Johnson.

From the description of Papers, 1856-1977 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122611633

Ruth May Fox was a women's suffragist, the president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1929-1937), author of Latter-day Saint hymn "Carry On" and a mother to twelve children.

From the guide to the Ruth May Fox scrapbook, 1953, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Active in the suffrage movement; general president of the Y.L.M.I.A..

From the description of Diary, 1894-1939. (Utah Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122497759

Ruth May Fox was born on 16 November 1853 to James May and Mary Ann Harding in Westbury, Wiltshire, England. Her family converted to Mormonism and journeyed to Utah in 1867. She married Jesse W. Fox Jr. in May 1873 and they had twelve children. Fox was very involved in the Mutual Improvement Association and Relief Society of the LDS Church during her lifetime. Ruth May Fox died in 1958.

From the guide to the Ruth May Fox papers, 1894-1973, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

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creatorOf Fox, Ruth May,. Ruth May Fox scrapbook American Primers
referencedIn Fox, Ruth May,. Papers, 1856-1977 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn MS 5376, Van Noy, Elsie Ellen Hogan 1893-1983. Elsie H. Van Noy papers 1931-1970 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Fox, Ruth May,. Papers, 1856-1977 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Utah Womens Press Club. Minute book, 1894-1895. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
creatorOf Fox, Ruth May, 1853-1958. Diary, 1894-1939. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn CR 11 16, Relief Society (1842- ). National Council of Women files 1903-1956 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf MS 14558, Cannon, Tracy Young 1879-1961. Musical scores 1906-1957 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Ruth May Fox scrapbook, 1953 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Fox, Leonard Grant, 1892-. The Story of Jesse Williams Fox, Jr. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Thatcher, Linda. Bibliographies. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn MS 13407, Beesley, Clarissa Alice 1878-1974. Clarissa A. Beesley collection 1863-1973 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf AV 3698, Challis, Arthur Thomas 1925-2001. Arthur Thomas Challis audio recordings. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Ruth May Fox papers, 1894-1973 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahManuscripts Division
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associatedWith Gates, Susanna Young Dunford, 1856-1933. person
associatedWith Johnson, Rosemary Johnson Fox, 1866-1958. person
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associatedWith Shipp, Ellis Reynolds, 1847-1939. person
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Suffragists--Utah--Biography
Women--Societies and clubs
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Suffragists--Utah--Diaries
sexuality
Mormon women--Diaries
Mormon women--Biography
Mormon church
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women--Suffrage--Utah
Women--Suffrage
Suffrage--Utah--History
Suffrage--History
Women's rights--Utah
Immigrants
Social Life and Customs
Republican Party (Utah)
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Birth 1853-11-16

Death 1958-04-12

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