Wilmer Kearns. Suffrage activist. (1881-1972). Wilmer Kearns tries to win over Edna with his storytelling. on Vimeo. Wilmer Kearns: The husband of suffragist Edna Kearns on Vimeo. An introduction to Wilmer Kearns, husband of Edna Buckman Kearns, NYS suffrage activist. Grandfather to Marguerite Kearns who told her stories about her late grandmother Edna and got her started on learning about the first wave of feminism in the early 20th century.