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West Virginia Women's Suffrage Trail

Zone 6 of 10: Parkersburg

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1210 Ann Street was the home of Representative Hunter H. and Anna Moss when they advocated for women’s suffrage. Hunter H. Moss, Jr. was a Representative in U.S. Congress between 1913 and 1916. In May 1914 Hunter H. Moss spoke in support of suffrage at a rally in Parkersburg and in June of that year Anna and Hunter Moss were part of a delegation to travel to Washington to support a federal amendment. 


Hunter H. Moss, Jr., c. 1910

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Hunter H. Moss, Jr., c. 1913

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The Clarksburg Daily Telegram, April 9, 1914

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The Clarksburg Daily Telegram, June 8, 1914

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Pioneer Press, June 13, 1914

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The Fairmont West Virginian, February 1, 1916

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The Fairmont West Virginian, July 12, 1916

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The Clarksburg Sunday Telegram, July 16, 1916.

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Hunter H. and Anna A. Moss graves at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens

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Parkersburg City Directory, 1914

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, 1916

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Hunter Holmes Moss, Jr. was born on May 26, 1874 in Parkersburg, WV. After working in a bank as a young man, Moss attended West Virginia University for law and graduated in 1896. He was then admitted to the bar and opened his practice in Parkersburg. Anna Baker Ambler was born Parkersburg to Benjamin Mason and Nancy Baker Ambler on December 15, 1878. Anna Baker Ambler married Hunter Holmes Moss, Jr. in 1902. Moss served as prosecuting attorney for Wood County between 1900 and 1904, then as judge of the fourth circuit court in the same county between 1904 and 1912.

Moss was elected to Congress and served as a Representative starting March 4, 1913. Moss was a supporter of women’s suffrage and spoke at a Suffrage Day held in Parkersburg in 1914. In June 1914, Anna Moss and three other WV women—Clarabel J. McNeilan (Press Chairman of the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association) and Mrs. G. W. Lowe and Elizabeth Geary of Harpers Ferry—traveled to Washington D.C. to press for support of the Bristow-Mondell Federal Woman Suffrage Resolution (the 1914 version of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment). Hunter H. Moss and fellow representative Matthew M. Neely made the introduction to Chairman Henry of the Rules Committee, allowing the women to inquire when the Committee would pass the resolution out for a vote.

Hunter Homes Moss, Jr. fell ill in 1915 and died in office on July 15, 1916. Anna Moss died in Charlottesville. VA on November 24, 1963. 

1910; Census Place: Parkersburg Ward 1, Wood, West Virginia; Roll: T624_1697; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0123; FHL microfilm: 1375710. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Accessed February 23, 2022.

Effland, Anne Wallace. “The Woman Suffrage Movement in West Virginia, 1867-1920.” M. A. Thesis, West Virginia University, 1983.

“Fighting the Long Fight: West Virginia Women and the Right to Vote.” A West Virginia Archives and history Online Exhibit. West Virginia Archives & History. http://129.71.204.160/history////exhibitsonline/suffrage/suffrageintroductiontoc.html

“Moss, Hunter Holmes, Jr.” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://bioguide.congress.gov/search/bio/M001034.

Parkersburg, West Virginia, City Directory, 1914. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed February 23, 2022.

Parkersburg, West Virginia, City Directory, 1916. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed February 23, 2022.

Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia Deaths, 1912-2014. Certificate Range: 29500-29999. Ancestry.com. Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Accessed February 23, 2022.

“West Virginia, U.S. Marriages Index, 1785-1971.” Accessed through Ancestry, February 23, 2022. 

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"Hunter Homes Moss Jr." Wikipedia. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_Holmes_Moss_Jr..

"Hunter Holmes Moss Jr." Find A Grave. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7782691/hunter-holmes-moss.

The daily telegram. [volume], April 09, 1914, Page PAGE FIVE, Image 5. Chronicling America. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85059715/1914-04-09/ed-1/seq-5/#date1=1913&sort=relevance&rows=20&words=H+Hunter+Moss&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=4&state=West+Virginia&date2=1917&proxtext=hunter+h+moss&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=2.

The daily telegram. [volume], June 08, 1914, Page PAGE SIX, Image 6. Chronicling America. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85059715/1914-06-08/ed-1/seq-6/#date1=1913&sort=date&rows=20&words=H+Hunter+Moss&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=15&state=West+Virginia&date2=1917&proxtext=hunter+h+moss&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1.

Pioneer press. [volume], June 13, 1914, Image 1. Chronicling America. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025146/1914-06-13/ed-1/seq-1/#date1=1913&sort=date&rows=20&words=H+Hunter+Moss&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=17&state=West+Virginia&date2=1917&proxtext=hunter+h+moss&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1.

The West Virginian. [volume], February 01, 1916, Page PAGE 4, Image 4. Chronicling America. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072054/1916-02-01/ed-1/seq-4/#date1=1913&sort=relevance&rows=20&words=H+Hunter+Moss&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=19&state=West+Virginia&date2=1917&proxtext=hunter+h+moss&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=2.

The West Virginian. [volume], July 12, 1916, Page PAGE 2, Image 2. Chronicling America. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072054/1916-07-12/ed-1/seq-2/#date1=1913&sort=relevance&rows=20&words=H+Hunter+Moss&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=12&state=West+Virginia&date2=1917&proxtext=hunter+h+moss&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=2.

The Sunday telegram. [volume], July 16, 1916, FIRST SECTION, Page PAGE THREE, Image 3. Chronicling America. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85059732/1916-07-16/ed-1/seq-3/#date1=1913&sort=relevance&rows=20&words=H+Hunter+Moss&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=7&state=West+Virginia&date2=1917&proxtext=hunter+h+moss&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=3.

"Hunter Holmes Moss Jr." Find A Grave. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7782691/hunter-holmes-moss.

Parkersburg, West Virginia, City Directory, 1914. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed February 23, 2022.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Sanborn Map Company, Feb, 1916. Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn09438_006/. Accessed February 23, 2022.