Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Louisa Gardner Swain made world history as the first woman to vote in a general election. She cast her ballot early in the morning of September 6th, 1870 in Laramie, Wyoming.
World wide attention focused on Laramie in March, 1870 when the first women in history to serve on a jury dealt stern justice in cases of murder, horse-stealing, and illegal branding. They were Miss Eliza Stewart, Mrs. Amelia Hatcher, Mrs. G.F. Hilton, Mrs. Mary Mackel, Mrs. Agnes Baker, and Mrs. Sarah A. Pease.
The first woman bailiff in the world, Mrs. Martha Symons-Boies, was appointed to arrange accommodations for the first woman jurors when the Grand Jury met in a building at First and Garfield Streets in Laramie, March 1870.
Mary Godat Bellamy, the first women elected to the Wyoming State Legislature, represented Albany County in 1911. She worked effectively for law benefiting women and children and became a nationally known speakers for women suffrage.
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Location. 41° 18.716′ N, 105° 35.331′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from East Ivinson Avenue near 6th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 603 East Ivinson Avenue, Laramie WY 82070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Franchise (approx. 0.3 miles away); 150 N. 2nd Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Laramie Timeline (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Woman Jury (approx. 0.4 miles away); Laramie (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Crowheart Butte (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Appaloosa (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chief Washakie (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Laramie.
Also see . . . Western Women's Suffrage - WOW Museum. The Western suffrage story began when Wyoming transformed a dream into reality in 1869. That year, the twenty-member Territorial Legislature approved a revolutionary measure stating: "That every woman of the age of twenty-one years, residing in this Territory, may at every election to be holden under the law thereof, cast her vote." William Bright, the bill's sponsor, had come to share his wife, Julia's, belief that suffrage was a basic (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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