Martha Coffin Pelham Wright

Boston, Massachusetts | 1806 - 1875
Father Thomas Coffin
Mother Anna Folger
Spouse David Wright

Marianna Pelham 1825

Eliza Wright 1830

Tallman Wright 1832

Ellen Wright 1840

William P Wright 1842

Frank Wright 1844

Charles Wright 1848


Sarah Coffin 1790

Lucretia Coffin Mott 1793

Eliza Coffin Yarnall 1794

Thomas Mayhew Coffin 1798

Mary Coffin Temple 1800


Quaker Elementary Schools in Philadelphia

Westtown Boarding School 1821-22

Employment 1827-29 Teacher, Brier Cliff School, Aurora, New York 

American Anti-Slavery Society

National Woman Suffrage Association

Societal Contributions

One of five women who planned the first women's right convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, in July 1848. Presided over numerous women's rights and anti-slavery conventions. In 1874, was elected president of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

Additional Comments

Martha Wright was six months pregnant with her seventh child when she worked in 1848 to plan the world's Women's Rights Convention, which is commemorated at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls by her life-size statue, which shows her pregnant. In October 2007, she was into the National Women's Hall of Fame, represented at the ceremonies by her great-great-grandson, James Duane Livingston.