Virginia Tunstall Clay-Clopton

Virginia Tunstall Clay-Clopton (1825-1915), shown here in a painting from the pre-Civil War era, was married to Alabama legislator Clement Claiborne Clay. After her husband's death in 1882, she married Judge David Clopton and devoted much of her time to the woman's suffrage movement and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). She served as the president of the Alabama Equal Rights Association from 1896 to 1900 and was a signatory of the petition for suffrage that was submitted to the 1901 Constitutional Convention. She later served as the president of the Huntsville chapter of the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association when it formed in the early 1910s. She was elected Honorary Life President of the UDC in 1902, and the chapter in Huntsville is named for her.