Alva E. BelmontAlva E. Belmont
American Philanthropist and Woman Suffrage Leader
1853 – 1933 A.D.

Alva E. Smith Belmont (Mrs. O.H.P. Belmont), an American philanthropist and woman suffrage leader, born in Mobile, Ala., daughter of Murray Forbes and Phoebe Ann Smith. She was educated in France, and in 1874 was married to William K. Vanderbilt.

In 1896 she became the wife of Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, who died in 1908. Mrs. Belmont is actively interested in architecture, hospitals, children’s homes, abolition of child-labor, better and more sanitary conditions for working women, and other social and charitable work.

She gave $100,000 to the Nassau Hospital in Mineola, L.I., and is the founder and president of the Political Equality Association. Mrs. Belmont has rendered notable service in the cause of women suffrage, and is an eloquent speaker and writer on that subject.


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.

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