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The answer to last week’s quiz is: In 1887, Susanna Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kan. She is thought to be the first female mayor elected in the U.S.
A brief history . . .
Susanna Salter became mayor long before passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in the U.S. the right to vote.
In 1887, the year Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kan., women in that state had been given the right to vote as long as they lived in a city with a population of at least 300 people, which included Argonia. A group of men in that town, unhappy that women could vote, put Salter’s name on the ballot as a prank (unbeknownst to her). They thought no one would vote for a woman and the humiliation of such a defeat would discourage other women from running in the future. But the joke was on them that year, when Salter received 60 percent of the vote and served as mayor for a one-year term.