Lyda M. Hardy
Lyda M. Hardy


A couple weeks ago, on Nov. 5, we all got a chance to cast our ballots. That was pretty special, but let’s go back 147 years to Nov. 5, 1872. On that morning, Susan B. Anthony left her house and walked to the local polling place in Rochester, N.Y., and voted.

She voted for Republican incumbent Ulysses S. Grant. After casting her ballot, she walked home and gloated to one of her friends, “I’ve done it. I voted a straight ticket.”

Two weeks later, Anthony was arrested for voting illegally. She was, after all, a woman. In the months before her trial, Anthony traveled through upstate New York giving a speech entitled, “Is It a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?”



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