The forty-fourth annual convention of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association (NYSWSA) was held at Utica, New York, on Tuesday, October 15, 1912. (Nineteenth-century practice was to use the singular, woman's; later practice was to use the plural, women's.) The venue was the Thorn Memorial Chapel of the Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Little is known regarding the Utica convention's program. Ironically, the 1912 convention is best known for its influence on the better-remembered forty-fifth annual convention in Binghamton. Binghamton suffrage activists Margaret Topliff and Ida Wales Gitchell attended the Utica convention in 1912 and were determined to host the next one in their hometown. Though other cities also vied for the event, Topliff and Gitchell campaigned so effectively for Binghamton that it was selected to host the 1913 event.
Thanks to Janice Reilly of the Oneida County History Center for research assistance.