Lucas, Blanche | 1939
- Birth and Death Year | 1882-1951
- Induction Year | 1939
- Profession | Civic Leader
- Oklahoma Connection | Lucas came to Guthrie, Oklahoma, with her husband, Frank, and worked in the newspaper field.
- Hometown | Ponca City
Blanche Lucas was Oklahoma’s first woman delegate to a national convention of the suffrage movement and published the state’s first women’s magazine, The Pioneer Woman.
“Another thing that stands mightily in [Frank B. Lucas’] favor: He is the husband of Mrs. Blanche Lucas…and there is no member of the newspaper gang in [Oklahoma] that is not strong for Mrs. Blanche getting anything she wants.” - Lawton News and Star
Born in Missouri, Blanche Fallis Lucas was educated at St. Teresa’s Convent and came to live with her famous husband and oil man, Frank, in early-day Guthrie during territorial days. She was the publisher of Oklahoma Topics and was an active member of such organizations as the State Press Association and American Pen Women. Mrs. Lucas was an early-day activist in securing a woman’s right to vote and was a delegate to the first convention of Women’s Suffrage. She also served as a delegate in two National Democratic Conventions and became acting postmaster of Ponca City in 1935 and full postmaster from 1941 to 1945. Mrs. Lucas was widely acclaimed for her pioneer club work in Oklahoma, being one of the organizers of Oklahoma Federation of Women’s Clubs.