Monthly Archives: April 2017

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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Women’s vote history, Sangamon County

Following the Civil War, Illinoisans decided their state constitution needed updating. Delegates met in Springfield from December 1869 until May 1870, and one of the issues they debated was whether to allow universal suffrage. The 15th amendment to the U.S. … Continue reading

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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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Annie Rheem Hannon (first woman elected to public office)

The first woman to hold an elective office in Sangamon County was Annie Rheem Hannon (1857-1945), who served from 1892 to 1894 as county superintendent of schools – a position for which neither she, nor any other woman, could cast … Continue reading

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Poisoning and racial controversy, 1860

The sentencing of three African-American teenagers in 1860 on charges they tried to poison the employers of two of them highlighted differences in how courts and the newspapers treated blacks and whites at the time. Perhaps inevitably, the case also … Continue reading

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