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Bust of Susan B. Anthony’s Lawyer Unveiled at Ontario Courthouse

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A marble bust of attorney John Van Voorhis, who defended Susan B. Anthony in her 1873 trial for illegal voting, was dedicated at the Ontario County Courthouse on June 17. The bust, donated by Van Voorhis’ great-granddaughters, Mickey Ely and Barbara MacCameron, now stands beside Anthony’s outside the courtroom where she was convicted.

Van Voorhis, remembered for defending marginalized voices including Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and businesswoman Martha Matilda Harper, was honored at the ceremony. Ontario County Historian Preston Pierce highlighted Van Voorhis’ significant role in Anthony’s trial, noting its potential impact on women’s suffrage.

State Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran praised the courage of Anthony and Van Voorhis, emphasizing the need for bravery and advocacy in today’s world. Anthony’s efforts contributed to women eventually gaining the right to vote.