Agnes Waters

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Mrs. Agnes Waters (born July 1, 1893 as Agnes Murphy Mulligan photo in New York City)[1] was the outspoken voice of the Mothers' Movement in Washington DC. She testified before congressional committees and had a routine for getting tossed out of the hearings.

Early life

Agnes Waters was educated by private tutors and read law in her father's office but never received a college degree. She moved for New York to Washington DC during World War I and worked for the Justice and War departments. After the war she married veteran John E. Waters and became a widow a few years later. She headed the organization Widows of World War I Veterans. In the 1920s she was successful at selling real estate in the Washington area.

In 1932 she supported Franklin Roosevelt for president and attended the 1936 Democratic National Convention.

Mothers' Movement

Agnes Waters was the District of Columbia represented for the Philadelphia-based National Blue Star Mothers and testified often before Congressional committees. She became a harsh critic of the war and FDR. In 1943 she was issuing her own press releases, advocating a separate peace with the Axis powers, and depositing them with Congressional members.[2]

Agnes Waters ran for president as a one woman campaign in elections from 1944 to 1960.

Her Washington address was 3267 N Street NW., Georgetown Washington DC.


  • The White Papers (1940)
  • The Hour For United Action Has Struck! (1947)


  • "Agnes Waters: The Lone Wolf of Dissent", Women of the Far Right: The Mothers' Movement and World War II, by Glen Jeansonne


  1. Women of the Far Right: The Mothers' Movement and World War II, by Glen Jeansonne, page 138
  2. " 'Peace Now' Moves gives Aid to Enemies’ Survival Hopes", Anti-Nazi Bulletin, October 1943 page 1