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Catherine Bergen Jones, oldest woman voter, 1914

Catherine Bergen Jones cast her first vote (in support of liquor prohibition) in 1914, at age 97. Her obituary described her as one of “Springfield’s best known and most interesting characters.” See Women’s vote history, Sangamon County.

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Women register to vote, 1914

A massive outpouring of women added more than 10,000 names to Springfield voting rolls in a single day, March 17, 1914. It was the first time women were allowed to register to vote in local elections other than schools. See … Continue reading

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Mary Morrison (woman school board member)

Mary Morrison was one of two women elected to the Springfield School Board in 1911. She and Ida Hanes were the first two women to serve on the board. See Women’s vote history, Sangamon County.

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Ida Hanes (woman school board member)

Ida Hanes was one of two women elected to the Springfield School Board in 1911. She and Mary Morrison were the first women to serve on the board. See Women’s vote history, Sangamon County.

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Mary Howard

Mary Howard (later Mary Howard Miles) was the Anti-Monopoly Party’s unsuccessful candidate for Sangamon County school superintendent in 1873, making her the first woman to seek an elective office in the county. See Annie Rheem Hannon.

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First woman to run for election

Mary Howard (later Mary Howard Miles) was the Anti-Monopoly Party candidate for Sangamon County school superintendent in 1873. See Annie Rheem Hannon.

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First woman elected to public office

Annie Rheem Hannon was appointed Sangamon County school superintendent in 1892 and elected to the post in 1894. See Annie Rheem Hannon.

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Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church at Seventh and Reynolds streets was created in 1908 as a Portuguese congregation. It ultimately merged with what is now Clementine Memorial Church, 2075 N. 11th St. See Portuguese immigrants.

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Rev. Robert Kieser (Fourth Presbyterian Church)

Robert Kieser was pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Seventh and Reynolds streets, from 1948 to 1959. See Portuguese immigrants.

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David Beam (farmer, miller, politician)

David Beam built a house in Cotton Hill Township, southeast of Springfield, in the 1830s that later became entangled in the debate over whether to build Hunter Lake as a backup water supply to Lake Springfield. See Pensacola.

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