US President petitioned by suffragists for the vote (74 words)

Historical Context Note


In 1884 lawyer and suffragist Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (24th October, 1830 - 19th May, 1917) ran for president, despite, as a woman, being unable to vote herself. She represented the National Equal Rights Party and was one of the first women to run for president (the other being Victoria Woodhull in 1872). In 1885 she petitioned Congress, claiming that her votes had not been tallied and that voter fraud had taken place to discount any support for her.

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