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Horatio Cooke6 FEB 1799 -- 12 APR 1870avatar
Anna Bennett1797 -- 4 JAN 1880avatar


Mary Anna5 6 7 8 Cooke5 6 7 8
Dr. Mary Anna Thompson

Birth14 FEB 18255 6 7 8
of parents both born in England8
Reside18607 8
Moved18667 8
via Isthmus of Panama8
age 45; Occupation: Physician
age 56; Occupation: Physician6
age 85; widowed; head of household; Occupation: Doctor; Residence: 430 Sixth5
Death4 MAY 19197 8
six months after a paralytic stroke8
Aged: 94.2 years

Oregon Historical Quarterly © 2012 Oregon Historical Society


Dr. Mary Anna Cooke Thompson — Portland’s first woman physician — was a leader in Oregon’s first generation of women’s rights activists. As a committed temperance and prohibition advocate, Thompson often clashed with Abigail Scott Duniway and, along with Dr. Bethenia Owens-Adair, challenged Duniway’s leadership of the Oregon Woman Suffrage Association. In January of 1878, during a nine-month journey to the East Coast, Thompson participated in the National Woman Suffrage Association Convention, at Washington, D.C., and was one of thirteen women, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to address the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections in support of Senator A.A. Sargent’s historic introduction of a woman suffrage amendment. Thompson’s speech — reproduced in its entirety here — underscored her belief in the moral superiority of woman and woman’s ability, if given the ballot, to stem the growing tide of vice and corruption. Thompson also lobbied Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes, lectured on a variety of reform topics, and met with pioneer suffragists such as Lucretia Mott and Lucy Stone. 

ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses


abt 1848  IL  

Francis A. "Frank" 

184910 DEC 1889  IL  

George E. 

abt 1851  IL  

Mary E. 

abt 1854  IL  

Lewis Ernest 

JUN 18556 NOV 1918  IL Linda F. Manciet 

James R. 

FEB 18711948  OR  

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  4. Census: OR, Multnomah Co, Portland. 1870..,,;
  5. Census: OR, Multnomah Co, Portland. 1880..,,;
  6. Website:Find a Grave, Reuben Thompson (1815 - 1885); Includes partial vital statistics, exact plot, and link;
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  2. FamilySearch United States Census, 1860
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1870
  4. FamilySearch United States Census, 1910
  5. Census: OR, Multnomah Co. 1900,,;
  6. Census: OR, Multnomah Co, Portland. 1880..,,;
  7. Website:Heather Reynolds, 'Mary Anna Cook Thompson,' "Woman City Builders: Honoring Women's Civic Contributions to Portland," 2004; Detailed biography;
  8. Website:Jean Ward, "Mary Anna Cooke Thompson (1825 - 1919), 'The Oregon Encyclopedia'; Biography and photograph;
  •  20-Feb-14 9:20 PM
For Virginia Sholin Smallwood--As the author of the article you cite from the 2012 Oregon Historical Quarterly, I am interested in learning more about your relationship to Dr. Mary Anna Cooke Thompson. Are you her great-granddaughter, or is there some other relationship? I continue to do research and writing about her, and I am very interested in making contact with her descendants.

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