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Happy birthday, Mabel Vernon (Sept. 19, 1883 – Sept. 2, 1975)! #Quaker. #Pacifist.#Suffragist. Swarthmore grad. Helped organize the “Silent Sentinels,” a network of hundreds of women who took turns picketing the White House every day from January 1917 to June 1919. After President Wilson announced U.S. entry into World War I, Mabel was part of a group of women who met with Wilson, when she said: “If the right of those who want to have a voice in their government is so sacred a cause as to constitute the reason for entering the war in its defense, will you not, Mr. President, give immediate aid to the measure before Congress demanding self-government for the women of this country?” In her later years she was active with the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF). She lived in Washington, D.C., with her companion, Consuelo Reyes-Calderon, from 1951 until her death in 1975. Born in Wilmington, Delaware. Died in Washington, D.C