Elsie Bennett Wilson

Elsie Bennett Wilson was born in Medina in 1890. Mrs. Wilson was a huge activist for woman's rights. She believed in equality for all. She played a huge role in our library system. However was never actually a librarian at the Medina County Library. She put her whole life into improving the library system and having a voice in woman's. Mrs. Wilson's family owned Bennett lumber in Medina. So her family was pretty well off, and had a role in the town's economic growth.

From a young age she didn't let her gender get in the way of anything. She went to Mather College in Cleveland, Ohio. She was an active campaigner of woman's rights. She also was a speaker of the Suffragette circuit. After the 19th amendment was passed she didn't stop there, she went on to join the League of Women Voters. She also became very active in the Republican Party. She also served as a delegate in 1932 Republican National Convention.

In 1925 she became a member of the board of trustees for the Franklin Sylvester Library. She served until 1975. The library expanded in 1975 the new edition was then named the Elsie Bennett Wilson Wing. They named this after her because of all of the work she put into the library systems.

Elsie was also a member if the Ohio Trustees Association. She served as the president from 1939 to 1947. In 1947 she was appointed to the state library board. She served on that board until 1968.

Information courtesy of Medina County Library

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Elsie Bennett Wilson

Elsie Bennett Wilson

This is a picture of Elsie Bennett Wilson in her later years.A woman who believed in equal rights for all and wouldn't let anyone get in the way of it. Truly someone we could all look up to. She was such an assett to Medina's history, and library systems. Image courtesy of Medina County Library View File Details Page

Cora Munson

Cora Munson

Cora Munson also lived in Medina. She was more of a woman with a "big mouth" than anything. She just wanted her voice to be heard. She really cared for the town of Medina. She donated her house (and was the first) to the Medina County Historical Society. Image courtesy of Medina County Historical Society View File Details Page

Woman's Suffrage

Woman's Suffrage

These woman here believed in the rights for woman. They really wanted to be heard and for the 19th amendment to pass so they could have the right to vote. This all happened in our little town of Medina. Image courtesy of Medina County Library View File Details Page

Elsie Bennett Wilson plaque

Elsie Bennett Wilson plaque

This plaque goes with the following picture of Elsie Bennett Wilson. The Medina library named the new addition after her. Image courtesy of Hailey DeFraine View File Details Page

PIcture of Elsie Bennett Wilson

PIcture of Elsie Bennett Wilson

This photo used to hang on the fourth floor of the Medina County Library. It was taken down however and never put up. I think it should still be hanging however. This lady did so much for the library's and for woman's rights. She is truly an amazing leader. She should be shown to everyone for what she did. Photo courtesy of Medina County Library View File Details Page

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Hailey DeFraine, “Elsie Bennett Wilson,” Discover Medina, accessed April 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/46.

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