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Weber County

Explore stories of women who shaped Weber County.
March 19, 1895
Weber County Suffragists in the constitutional convention

Weber County suffragists Jane S. Richards and Emily S. Richards testified to Utah’s constitutional convention in favor of equal suffrage. Other Weber County suffragists signed petitions asking delegates to include women’s equal suffrage rights in the new state constitution.

August 7, 1895
Sarah E. Anderson files lawsuit to vote

In August 1895, Sarah E. Anderson attempted to register to vote in the upcoming election on Utah’s proposed constitution. When she was denied, she brought a lawsuit arguing that women should be able to vote on the Constitution. She won in district court but lost at the Territorial Supreme Court.

November 3, 1896
Sarah E. Anderson elected to the state legislature

Sarah E. Anderson became one of the first two women elected as Utah State Representatives when she won election in Weber County in 1896.

November 4, 1902
Mary Coulter elected to the State Legislature

Mary Anna Geigus Coulter was elected as a state representative for Weber County.

October 17, 1916
Rally with Inez Milholland Boissevain

National suffrage leader Inez Millholland Boissevain held a Republican rally in Ogden in 1916 to urge the party to support women’s suffrage. Boissevain had led the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. and collapsed and died just one month after her speech in Utah, considered a martyr for the suffrage cause.

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