Sarah Emeline Anderson Mack

Photo Courtesy the Nevada Historical Society, Reno.

Birth: October 20, 1866 Nelsonville, Ohio
Death: December 5, 1947 Reno, Nevada

Role in Women’s Suffrage: Nevada State Federation of Women’s Clubs, organizer and second State President; Chairman of the Nevada Equal Franchise Society for the ratification of the 19th Amendment by the Nevada State Legislature

HerStory: Born in Nelsonville, Ohio in 1866, Sarah Emeline Anderson Mack and her husband Oral Henry Mack, a local attorney, made their home in Reno since the early 1900s.

She was active in the women’s suffrage moment, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Twentieth Century Club, the Reno League of Women Voters, and she served as president of Pro-America.

In the campaign for women’s suffrage in Nevada, she served as chair of a legislative committee of Nevada women urging the right to vote for women. She was present at the special session of the legislature called by Gov. Emmet Boyle in February of 1920. She was the mother of three children, including Dr. Effie Mona Mack, noted Nevada writer, historian and beloved teacher.

Sarah Mack passed away at age 81 in Reno, Nev. She is interred in Mountain View Cemetery, with her family.

Researched and written by the Nevada Women’s History Project for the Nevada Commission for Women, 2020