April 4th, 1887 – America’s First Female Mayor

Despite not actually having the right to vote in elections until 1920, Susanna Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas on April 4th, 1887, becoming the first female mayor in the United States.  Although her term was uneventful, her election generated worldwide interest from the press, sparking a debate regarding the feasibility of other towns […]

This Day in History – March 26th, 1812

The word gerrymander (originally written Gerry-mander) was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette on March 26th, 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under Governor Elbridge Gerry (pronounced /ˈɡɛri/; 1744–1814). In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his […]

This Day in History – November 25th, 1874

Following the Panic of 1873 the United States Greenback Party was established as a political party on November 25th, 1874 consisting primarily of farmers affected by the stock market crash. The Greenback Party (known successively as the Independent Party, the National Independent Party, and the Greenback Labor Party) was an American political party with an anti-monopoly ideology which […]

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