Mr. Roosevelt, this is my principal request—it is almost the last request I shall ever make of anybody. Before you leave the presidential chair, recommend Congress to submit to the Legislatures a Constitutional Amendment which will enfranchise women, and thus take your place in history with Lincoln, the great emancipator. I beg of you not to close your term of office without doing this.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 68, by Ida Husted Harper (1908).
In a meeting with President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) on November 15, 1904, shortly after his election to a second term of office (first full term: he had succeeded to the Presidency when President McKinley was assassinated). She did not secure the desired assurance; Roosevelt never actively supported woman suffrage. At age 84, Anthony had been in uncertain health for four years and had greatly curtailed her public work. Also present at her meeting with Roosevelt were Ida Husted Harper, who transcribed the quotation, and Harriet Taylor Upton.