Cornwall’s Harriet A. Wilcox Bennett was an ardent suffragist. Her scrapbook of newspaper clippings includes notations indicating which conventions she and her daughter, Ethel Bennett, and her daughter-in-law, Ida M. Bennett, attended.
Harriet was the daughter of Rodney Beckley Wilcox and Rachel Green Wilcox. Her father was involved in the iron industry, and the family lived at various times in Madison, Sharon, Litchfield, and Cornwall. Harriet’s sister, Ann Wilcox, married Naugatuck’s Bronson Beecher Tuttle, a partner in the Tuttle & Whittemore Malleable Iron Company.
During the 1860s, Harriet married Cornwall farmer William C. Bennett. The couple had four children. William died in 1898, after which Harriet seems to have found new interests outside the home.