: On October 23, 1914, Hugh Huntington, the President of the Young Business Men's Club in Columbus, Ohio, wrote this letter to Lucile Atcherson, a suffrage leader with the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association. In the letter, Huntington invited Atcherson and her suffragist allies to attend a debate on equal suffrage. Huntington also informed Atcherson that the Young Business Men's Club voted to bring their wives and girlfriends to the event. He also expressed the club's enthusiasm for having representatives from the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association present at the debate.
The Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association was formed in 1912, after the Ohio Constitutional Convention elected to bring to a vote the question of removing the words "white male" from the state constitution with regard to voting rights. Headquartered in the Chamber of Commerce building in Columbus, Ohio, the organization put out regular publications, organized public speeches and meetings, distributed literature and held parades in support of the suffrage movement. Women's suffrage in Ohio was defeated in a special election in 1912 and again in 1914 and 1916 before a resolution narrowly passed in 1917 allowing municipal voting by women in Columbus. In 1920, the 19th Amendment passed, extending the vote to women and prohibiting state and federal government from denying suffrage on the basis of sex. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS1025_B01F04_04 Subjects
: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio);