Cheyenne, WT: S. Allan Bristol, Public Printer, Tribune Office, 1870. First edition. Modern brown cloth binding with red morocco label to spine. Collates complete: xvi, 784 pages. Fine Condition.
In 1869, Wyoming Territory became the first organized territory to legally codify women’s enfranchisement into its general laws. Contained within this larger legal compendium are these landmark decisions. Under Chapter 31: “An Act to Grant to Women of Wyoming Territory the Right of Suffrage, and to Hold Office approved on 10 December 1869: Sec. 1 That every woman of the age of twenty-one years, residing in this territory may, at every election to be holden under the laws thereof, cast her vote. And her rights to the elective franchise and to hold office shall be the same under the election laws of the territory, as those of electors.” The U.S. western territories advanced women’s suffrage far earlier than the States, and it would be another half century before women gained federal enfranchisement. (Item #1975)