First Woman U.S. Mayor – With a Little Help from Her Girlfriends!

Now SHE had Girlfriends! – Susanna Medora Salter (1860-1961) became America’s first U.S. Mayor for the city of Argonia, Kansas in 1887 at the age of 27. Her name was printed on ballots as a joke by a “facetious anti-prohibitionist.” Salter was active in the temperance movement and the organization was determined to turn the tables. Women received the right to voted in muncipal elections the year before and when Salter consented to the organization to be a candidate “they went to work for her like Trojans.” She received 3/4 of the votes. According to the newspaper, “Her opponent was one of the leading citizens.”

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