The First Woman Mayor

When 27-year-old Susanna Medora Salter went to the polls on April 4, 1887 to vote for mayor of Argonia, Kansas, she was astonished to see her own name on the ballot. The local chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union had nominated her as their candidate, but had neglected to inform her of the decision. Despite her lack of campaigning (or because of it?) she was elected the first woman mayor in the United States by a two-thirds majority.

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