27 3 / 2013




Born March 27, 1824: VIRGINIA LOUISA MINOR (1824–1894), suffragist. Organized the Woman Suffrage Association of Missouri, believed to be the first organization anywhere devoted to solely to woman suffrage. Advanced the idea that woman suffrage was implicit in the 14th Amendment. Sued the registrar of voters for refusing to let her register to vote in St. Louis in 1872. She appealed the case all the way to the Supreme Court and lost. The case, however, generated much publicity for the cause. Minor served as president of the newly formed Missouri branch of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1879 and president of the state branch of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1890 (after the NWSA merged with the American Woman Suffrage Association).

Born March 27, 1824: VIRGINIA LOUISA MINOR (1824–1894), suffragist. Organized the Woman Suffrage Association of Missouri, believed to be the first organization anywhere devoted to solely to woman suffrage. Advanced the idea that woman suffrage was implicit in the 14th Amendment. Sued the registrar of voters for refusing to let her register to vote in St. Louis in 1872. She appealed the case all the way to the Supreme Court and lost. The case, however, generated much publicity for the cause. Minor served as president of the newly formed Missouri branch of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1879 and president of the state branch of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1890 (after the NWSA merged with the American Woman Suffrage Association).

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