Florence Hilles (Bayard)

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Florence Hilles (Bayard)

Death: June 10, 1954 (88)
Place of Burial: Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas F. Bayard, Sr., U.S. Senator, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Secretary of State and Louisa Bayard
Wife of William Samuel Hilles
Sister of Katharine Lee Bayard; James Ashton Bayard; Mabel Bayard Warren; Mary Lee Bayard; Annie Frances Bayard and 6 others

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About Florence Hilles (Bayard)

Florence Bayard Hilles, of Newcastle, Del., was the daughter of Thomas Bayard, American ambassador to Great Britain and secretary of state under President Grover Cleveland. She became involved in the suffrage movement after hearing Mabel Vernon speak. She realized that Vernon was saying what she believed in – yet she was doing nothing about it. They quickly became good friends. Hilles gave her time, her money and her car – the “Votes for Women Flyer” to the cause. She was chairman of the Delaware Branch of the National Women’s Party and member of the national executive committee. One of the “Silent Sentinels” who picketed the White House, she was arrested on July 13, 1917, and sentenced to 60 days in Occoquan Workhouse. She was pardoned by President Wilson after serving three days of her term. The library at the Sewall-Belmont House, is named after her.


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Florence Hilles (Bayard)'s Timeline

October 17, 1865
June 10, 1954
Age 88
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, United States