Stanton & Anthony, 
1871 Joint Portrait

Photograph by Napoleon Sarony. National Woman's Party Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, LC-MSS-34355-36

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Adapted from the Selected Papers, Volume 2. ©2000 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Women Who Voted, 1868 to 1873 — Sorted by State

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Day State Month Year City Election Type Description of Events Source  
1 CA July 1871 Santa Cruz   Ellen R. P. Van Valkenburg applied for registration. See 20 Aug. 1871 in volume 2 of the Selected Papers.
2 CA August 1871 Santa Clara Co.   Fanny B. Ames, Laura J. Watkins, Louisa Smith, and Mrs. Severance applied to register. Their names were taken but not registered. WJ, 2 Sept. 1872.
3 CA February 1872 Vallejo   Seven women voted at a special election. WJ, 10 Feb. 1872.
4 CT April 1871 Bridgeport   Olympia Brown, Anna M. Middlebrook, and 10 others tried to register. Middlebrook and one other woman tried to vote and were refused again. W&CW, 22 Apr. 1871.
5 CT April 1871 East Haddam   Miss Watrous Mather, Miss Smith, and 18 other women applied to register. Mather and Smith tried to vote and were refused again. WJ, 22 Apr. 1871.
6 CT April 1871 Hadlyme   E. Louisa Mather and 9 other women attempted to register. Mather tried to vote and was refused again. W&CW, 22 Apr. 1871.
7 CT April 1871 Newtown   Two women tried to register. W&CW, 22 Apr. 1871.
8 CT April 1871 Trumbull   Five women tried to register. W&CW, 22 Apr. 1871.
9 CT May 1871 Waterbury   Women tried to vote. Rev., 18 May 1871.
10 CT March 1872 Hartford   Sixteen women, including Isabella B. Hooker and 9 taxpayers, Mrs. William Mather, Mrs. Laura P. Kellogg, Mrs. Delia B. Jewett, Mrs. Mary C. Patterson, Mrs. Jane E. Baker, Mrs. L. A. White, Miss A. M. King, Mrs. Eliza Cowles and Mrs. Laura K. Dewey, applied to register. Connecticut WSA Records; WJ, 16, 30 Mar. 1871.
11 CT October 1872 Norwalk   Sarah M. T. Huntington registered. When her name was omitted from the voting list in November, her attempt to vote was blocked. Another woman attempted to register but had not complied with the preliminary legal requirements. Connecticut WSA Records and see 11 Nov. 1872 in volume 2 of the Selected Papers.
12 CT November 1872 Hartford   F. Ellen Burr and Isabella B. Hooker registered but were not allowed to vote. WJ, 9 Nov. 1872.
13 CT Mar-April 1873 Glastonbury   Julia E. Smith, Abby H. Smith, and 4 other women registered to vote. When they later tried to vote, they found their names had been removed from the rolls. WJ, 19 Apr., 31 May, 6 Dec. 1873.
14 DC April 1869 Washington   White and black women, Eliza J. Anderson, Sarah Evans, Caroline W. Moore, Sarah Richardson, M. G. Smith, Julia A. Wilbur, and Louisa C. Butler, requested registration in the 1st Ward. SBA scrapbook 3.
15 DC June 1869 Washington   Twenty–eight women applied to register. New York Tribune, 2 June 1869.
16 DC April 1871 Washington   First, women tried to register and then they tried to vote History, 2:587–99; Rev., 20, 27 Apr. 1871.
17 IA November 1871 Taylor Co.   Kitty Anderson voted. Rev., 25 Nov. 1871.
18 IA November 1872 Nevada federal election Mrs. J. B. Irwin voted for Grant and Wilson. SBA scrapbook 6.
19 IL November 1871 Hyde Park   Catharine V. Waite tried to register. Chicago Tribune, 21, 30 Nov. 1871, 13 Jan. 1872; Chicago Legal News, 25 Nov. 1871.
20 KS April 1868 Topeka   Between 50 and 80 women voted. Rev., 30 Apr., 19 Nov. 1868.
21 MA November 1868 Lawrence federal election A woman who demanded that her ballot be accepted instead of her Democratic husband's, voted for Grant. Rev., 19 Nov. 1868.
22 MA November 1869 Worcester   A young woman voted. Rev., 11 Nov. 1869.
23 MA March 1870 Hyde Park local election About 50 women, including Angelina Grimké Weld, Sarah Grimké, and Sarah M. Stuart, cast ballots in a separate box. WJ, 12 Aug. 1871.
24 MA November 1873 Worcester   Nellie Barnard tried to vote. WJ, 22 Nov. 1873.
25 MD Fall 1869 Baltimore   Lavinia C. Dundore, Mrs. A. M. Gardner, and Ellen M. Harris, at a recent election in Baltimore, applied to register in the 3d Ward. Rev., 20 Jan. 1870.
26 MD Fall 1872 Baltimore   Ellen M. Harris and Lavinia C. Dundore tried to register. When they sought to bring suit, Republican lawyers refused to take their case. WJ, 21 June 1873.
27 ME September 1868 Lewiston   Taxpaying widow of a veteran applied to register. Rev., 1 Oct. 1868.
28 MI April 1868 Sturgis prohibition referendum In a separate ballot box, 120 women voted; 114 voted for prohibition. Rev., 30 Apr., 7 May, 3 Sept. 1868.
29 MI September 1868 Sturgis school meeting Women voted in a school meeting. Rev., 24 Sept. 1868.
30 MI March 1871 Detroit   Nannette B. Gardner was allowed to register in 1st district, 9th Ward, but Catharine Stebbins was refused registration in the 5th Ward. Gardner voted in April. WJ, 8, 15 Apr. 1871; Rev., 6, 13 Apr. 1871.
31 MI April 1871 Battle Creek   Mary Wilson voted. Rev., 6, 13, 20 Apr., 11 May 1871.
32 MI November 1872 Battle Creek   Sojourner Truth attempted to register and vote. Narrative of Sojourner Truth, 231–32.
33 MI November 1872 Detroit   Nannette B. Gardner registered and voted. Catharine Stebbins tried to register and vote in the 5th Ward. WJ, 23 Nov. 1872.
34 MI November 1873 Detroit   Catharine Stebbins and Mrs. H. J. Boutelle tried to register to vote in the 5th Ward. Nannette Gardner voted in the 9th Ward. WJ, 22 Nov. 1873.
35 MO October 1872 St. Louis federal election Virginia L. Minor tried to register. History, 2:715–16, 3:606.
36 NC July 1871 Johnson Co.   Dressed in men's clothing, 200 black women registered and voted. WJ, 12 Aug. 1871.
37 NH March 1870 Dover   Marilla M. Ricker tried to vote. History, 2:586–87.
38 NH March 1871 Dover   Marilla M. Ricker successfully voted. History, 2:586–87.
39 NJ March 1868 Vineland local election Portia K. Gage tried to vote and was refused because she had not registered. Rev., 26 Mar. 1868.
40 NJ May 1868 Passaic local election Women voted at an election for Commissioner of Streets and Sidewalks. World, 5 May 1868.
41 NJ November 1868 Roseville   Hannah Blackwell and Lucy Stone tried to vote. Rev., 12 Nov. 1868.
42 NJ November 1868 Vineland federal election Having provided their own ballots and box, 172 women, both white and black, voted "Names of Women who Voted in Vineland, Nov. 3rd 1868," Woman's Rights and Suffrage File, NjVHi.
43 NJ March 1869 Vineland local election In a separate ballot box, 182 women cast ballots. Rev., 18 March 1869.
44 NJ November 1869 Vineland county election In a separate ballot box, 214 women voted. Rev., 18 Nov. 1869.
45 NJ March 1870 Vineland local election In a separate box, 161 women cast ballots. Independent, 17 Mar. 1870.
46 NJ November 1870 Vineland   About 130 women cast ballots in a separate box. WJ, 19 Nov. 1870.
47 NJ March 1871 Hammonton   Fifteen women tried to vote. W&CW, 1 Apr. 1871.
48 NJ December 1871 Landis Twp. local election Portia K. Gage and 10 to 12 other taxpaying women tried to vote in an election on bonding the town to build factories. WJ, 13 Apr. 1871.
49 NJ November 1872 Jersey City   Two women tried to register. WJ, 9 Nov. 1872.
50 NY May 1868 Schenectady local election Women voted on erecting waterworks. World, 23 May 1868.
51 NY October 1868 Mount Vernon local election Dorothy Ferguson, Mary H. Macdonald, M. Jeannette Farrand and Catharine M. White tried to vote. Rev., 15 Oct. 1868.
52 NY Fall 1869 New York   Honora Arthur tried to vote in the 5th Ward. Rev., 16 Dec. 1869.
53 NY July 1870 Ithaca local election Women whose names were on the tax-roll voted on a waterworks question. WJ, 16 July 1870.
54 NY May 1871 Newport local election Fifteen women voted and elected the temperance slate of officers. Rev., 25 May 1871.
55 NY July 1871 Fayetteville local election Matilda J. Gage and 9 other property-holding women tried to vote in an election to decide on a tax levy. WJ, 26 Aug. 1871.
56 NY November 1871 Brooklyn   Helen Marion Walton tried to vote in the 4th Ward. She left her ballot on the ballot box. Rev., 9 Dec. 1871.
57 NY November 1871 New York local election Twelve women, including Victoria Woodhull, Tennessee Claflin, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Leland, Mrs. McKinley, Mrs. Thompson, and Margaret M. Miller tried to vote in the 23d district, 21st Ward. Only Miller succeeded. Rev., 18 Nov. 1871.
58 NY November 1871 Nyack local election Louisa D. Mansfield, principal, and Mrs. Merrill, Miss Pettis, and Miss Hendricksen, teachers of the Rockland Female Institute, registered. When they voted, their ballots were placed in a hat. Rev., 25 Nov. 1871.
59 NY   1872 Oswego   Mary E. Walker attempted to vote. NAW.
60 NY November 1872 New York   Women voted in the 17th Ward. SBA scrapbook 6.
61 NY November 1872 Nyack   Mrs. George W. Mann, Mrs. G. D. Wilson and others tried to vote. Savell, Ladies' Lib, 15.
62 NY November 1872 Rochester federal election Attempts to register were made by Mrs. Dr. Dutton, Mrs. Lathrop, Mrs. Dr. Wheeler, Mrs. Allen, Charlotte W. Griffing, and others. SBA and 14 other women voted in the 8th Ward. See SBA scrapbook 6, and 5 Nov. 1872 in volume 2 of the Selected Papers.
63 NY   1873 Rochester local election SBA, Mary Pulver, and Mary Hebard voted. See 4 Mar. 1873 in volume 2 of the Selected Papers.
64 NY October 1873 Rochester state election Amy K. Post and Sarah E. Owen attempted to register to vote. Democrat and Chronicle, 18 Oct. 1873.
65 NY November 1873 Rochester   SBA attempted to vote. WJ, 15 Nov. 1873.
66 NY after June 1873 New York   Mathilde C. Weil attempted to register but was refused, the registrar telling her, "It cannot be done, since Miss Anthony tried it." M. J. Gage scrapbooks.
67 OH   1871 South Newbury local election Nine women tried to vote, including Lima Ober, Lovina Greene, Hophni Smith, Ruth F. Munn, Perleyette M. Burnett, Sophia L. O. Allen, Mary Hodges, Lydia Smith, and Sarah A. Knox. History, 3:502.
68 OH April 1871 Yellow Springs local election About 20 women, most of them connected with Antioch College, tried to vote. Rev., 11, 25 May, 22 June 1871.
69 OH   1872 South Newbury federal, state & local elections A group of women tried unsuccessfully to vote throughout the year. WJ, 18 Oct. 1873.
70 OH November 1872 Toledo federal election Mrs. J. P. Angier, Mary B. Gleason and Sarah S. Bissell attempted to vote in the 1st Ward, Mary Jane Barker and Mrs. James G. Nolen in the 3d Ward, Mrs. Baird in the 5th Ward, and Charlotte L. Williams and Sarah R. L. Williams in the 8th Ward. Barker and Nolen voted. SBA scrapbook 6; Toledo Daily Blade, 5 Nov. 1872.
71 OH May 1873 South Newbury local election Fourteen women tried to vote at a municipal election. They placed their tickets, which called for equal suffrage, in their own ballot box. Seventeen women who could not come to the polls sent in their ballots. WJ, 10 May, 18 Oct. 1873.
72 OH November 1873 South Newbury federal election Several women tried to vote. History, 3:502.
73 OR November 1872 Portland   Abigail S. Duniway and three other women, white and black, registered and voted, but the ballots were received under protest and may have been thrown out. New York Times, 28 Nov 1872; Moynihan, Rebel for Rights, 85.
74 PA September 1871 Philadelphia   Carrie Burnham registered to vote. She tried to vote in October, but her ballot was refused. Maurer, "Carrie Burnham Kilgore."
75 SC October 1870     Five black women voted. The managers of the election were arrested. WJ, 29 Apr. 1871.
76 SC   1871 Charleston   Two black women voted at late election, and were fined $10 and costs. Chicago Tribune, 8 Feb. 1871.
77 TN December 1871 Memphis local election Several women, including Elizabeth A. Meriwether, registered. WJ, 9 Dec. 1871.
78 VA November 1871 Richmond   When Anna W. Bodeker's ballot was refused, she deposited a message about her rights in the ballot box. History, 3:824; WJ, 2 Dec. 1871.
79 WA Fall 1869 White River   Mary Olney Brown and her daughter tried to vote. History, 3:780–84.
80 WA   1870 Grand Mound   Many women voted, including Charlotte Olney French and Mrs. Sargent. The women of the adjacent Black River precinct voted on the same day. History, 3:784.
81 WA   1870 Olympia   Mary Olney Brown, Mrs. Patterson, and Mrs. Wiley tried to vote. History, 3:785.