Mary Ware Dennett


Mary Coffin Ware Dennett born Worcester, MA April 4, 1872 (d. 1947). Art teacher; suffragist; socialist antiwar crusader. Secretary of American Union against Militarism, 1916; co-founder of radical anti-World War I People's Council, 1917; first chairperson of World Federalists, 1941-44. Convicted of obscenity for birth control literature, 1929.


"If a few federal officials want to use their power to penalize me for my work for the young people of this country, they must bear the shame of the jail sentence. It is the government which is disgraced, not I." (April 24, 1929, Brooklyn federal courthouse; photo Intlawgrrls)