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

The Franchise

 
 
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Photographed 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 6, 1862.
 
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
The Franchise Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
2. The Franchise Marker
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north. This marker is in Johnson Lummis Hunkins Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 South Second Street, Laramie WY 82070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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 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. ¾ mile away); Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Excavation Site: Ice House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
 
The Franchise Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 23, 2014
3. The Franchise Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022