Mary Ann McClintock

Mary Ann McClintock
Mary Ann McClintock was one of five women who planned the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, at
the Waterloo home of her sister-in-law Jane Hunt. The next day, the women met at her house and
framed the famous declaration of women's rights, the first such document in the world. Mary Ann
attended the conference and was thereafter active in women's rights.
Born Mary Ann Wilson in Burlington, New Jersey, of Quaker parents, she attended Westtown School
in 1814 for one year. In 1820, she married fellow Quaker Thomas McClintock, a druggist and
Biblical scholar, and moved with him to 107 South Ninth Street, his store in Philadelphia. Here, their
children Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Sarah and Julia were born.
Both McClintocks were active abolitionists. In 1827, Thomas was the first secretary of the Free
Produce Society, which encouraged the abolitionists to buy goods not produced by slave labor
through Free Produce stores. In 1933, Thomas participated in the founding of the American AntiSlavery Society and Mary Ann in the creation of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery society four
days later. She helped with the Society's first Anti-Slavery Fair in 1836.
In 1837, the McClintocks and their children moved to Waterloo, New York, where they helped for
form the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society. The McClintocks returned to Philadelphia in 1876.
Shortly afterward Thomas died and was buried at Fair Hill. Mary Ann remained active until her own
death in 1884