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This profile was last updated on 3/23/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Mrs. Susan Lawrence Dana

Wrong Susan Lawrence Dana?

Legislative Chair

Local Address: Illinois, United States
National Women's Party
 
Background

Employment History

  • First Christian Church on Applied Psychology

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Sangamon County Republican Women's Club
Web References
Susan Lawrence Dana
www.unityofspringfield.com, 23 Mar 2008 [cached]
Susan Lawrence Dana
Susan Lawrence Dana was a woman of her time and decades ahead at the same time. In the early 1900s, Susan was searching for the meaning of life as so many of us do after experiencing personal tragedy - and Susan's life had been full of tragedies up to this point.
She had been pregnant twice but both children had died as infants.
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Devastated at losing her entire family in just a few years, Susan used the inheritance to become occupied with something else. In 1902, she decided to remodel the now-outdated 30 year-old home her father had built. Instead of going with a local Springfield architectural firm that had worked with her father, Susan chose a 35 year-old architect from Chicago known for his innovative style. Frank Lloyd Wright had never had a patron as wealthy as Mrs. Dana up to this point and turned her "remodeling" into a grand experiment for his ideas.
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After almost two years of construction, Susan opened the new house, by hosting a Christmas party for the artisans and workers who had built her home and their families.
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In an attempt to find direction and comfort, Susan tried reaching out to her father and husband through seances and spiritualist letters, asking them for guidance. Answers from the beyond indicated that Susan could anticipate a "very high mission" and that she would know her "great mission" when it appeared.
In 1912, Susan found love again.
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In 1918, Susan Lawrence Dana found herself in her third marriage, a loveless relationship to a close family friend, Charles Gehrman.
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Still believing that life held some great purpose for her, Susan began attending lectures at the First Christian Church on "Applied Psychology".
Suffrage for women arrived in 1923 and Susan spent five hectic months leading a campaign for equal rights for women as the legislative chair for the Illinois branch of the National Women's Party. Enlisting the help of her friends in the Society for Applied Psychology, the National Women's Party circulated campaign literature to legislators, their wives, and women across Illinois. In June 1923, the bill failed but Susan continued to be active in politics, joining other prominent local women to form the Sangamon County Republican Women's Club.
Berkshire Eagle Online - In the Berkshires
www.berkshireeagle.com, 17 Feb 2007 [cached]
The group's founder and chair, Susan Dana, says the shawls are knit "with prayer and concern and to remind people who are ill of the love of God."
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