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Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Franchise

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
1. The Franchise Marker
Inscription.
The Franchise
by
John D. Baker

The title “The Franchise” refers to the recognition and bestowal of the right of women to vote under full civil equality with men. In 1869, Wyoming became the first state or territory to grant this right.

This act was inspirational to both the women’s suffrage movement and the cause of civil rights throughout the nation. The nineteenth amendment to the United States Constitution would not be ratified until 1920 - fifty years later.

70 year old Louisa Swain became the world’s first woman voter when she cast her ballot one block from this site on the morning of September 6, 1870. This memorial commemorates and celebrates this historic event.
 
Location. 41° 18.623′ N, 105° 35.64′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on South 2nd Street near East Garfield Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is in Johnson Lummis Hunkins Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 South Second Street, Laramie WY 82070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Laramie Timeline (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Woman Jury (about 600
The Franchise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
2. The Franchise Marker
feet away); Laramie (approx. 0.2 miles away); 150 N. 2nd Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Ladies (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Laramie (approx. 0.8 miles away); Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Excavation Site: Ice House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Laramie.
 
Also see . . .  First Woman to Vote, Louisa Swain. The story has been told of how Louisa rose early that day, put on her apron, shawl, and bonnet and walked downtown. She actually arrived at the polling place before it had opened. But election officials took notice and invited her in, and Louisa cast her ballot. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Civil Rights
 
The Franchise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
3. The Franchise Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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