Helen Thomas Belford

Photo from the 1916 officers of the Nevada Federation of Women’s Clubs

Birth: October 30, 1872 Council Bluffs, Iowa
Death: December 28, 1939 Reno, Nevada

Role in Women’s Suffrage: One of the early sponsors of the women’s suffrage movement in Colorado and later in Nevada; Chair of the Nevada 19th Amendment ratification committee

HerStory: Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, she moved with her family to Denver, Colorado as a child where she was educated. She met and married Samuel W. Belford, an attorney while living in Colorado. The Belford’s moved from Colorado to Ely, Nev. where they lived for 10 years and in 1920, they moved to Reno. 

She served as Chair of the suffrage ratification committee in Nevada. She was a member of the Nevada Federation of Women’s Clubs, National American Woman Suffrage Association in Nevada, the Twentieth Century Club, the Young Women’s Christian Association where she served as President for a number of years and the Christian Science church.  

Helen Thomas Belford died suddenly at her home in Reno on December 28, 1939.  She and her husband are interred in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery in Reno, Nevada.