Longtime political activist and conservative commentator Phyllis Schlafly has died. The one time Alton resident passed away Monday surrounded by her family in her Ladue, Missouri, home. She was 92. Schlafly was founder of The Eagle Forum, wrote more than two-dozen books, and hosted the Phyllis Schlafly Report, which is heard on The Big Z.
According to the Eagle Forum website, Schlafly is credited with bringing the pro-life platform to the Republican Party during the 1976 national convention. She also helped fight for the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, founded an anti-Communist movement in the United States and campaigned on behalf of many conservative candidates and causes. She recently co-authored a book entitled "The Conservative Case for Trump" which is being released today. She introduced Donald Trump during an appearance in St. Louis in March and attended the Republican National Convention earlier this summer. Schlafly lived in Alton with her husband Fred for 44 years, while he practice law here. They had 6 children. He passed away in 1993 and she moved to Ladue. Funeral arrangements are pending.