Papers of Esther McQuigg Morris in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1869-1935
Documents concerning Wyoming suffrage and one clipping concerning Esther McQuigg Morris, suffragist. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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Collection consists of an undated clipping about Esther McQuigg Morris and documents concerning Wyoming suffrage.
Esther Morris, a key figure in Wyoming's woman suffrage movement, was born in Tioga County, New York. In 1841, Morris married Artemus Slack; they had one son. Widowed in 1845, Morris moved to Peru, Illinois, where she married John Morris. In 1869 the family moved to the gold rush camp of South Pass City in the Wyoming Territory. There, Morris helped to influence legislator William H. Bright to introduce a woman suffrage bill, which passed on December 10, 1869, and was signed into law shortly thereafter.
In 1870, Morris was appointed justice of the peace in South Pass City, becoming the first woman to hold that office. The following year, she left office and moved to Laramie. Morris left Wyoming in 1873 and spent some time in New York State. By 1890, she had returned to Wyoming. She lived in Cheyenne until her death at the age of 87.
For further information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (Cambridge, Mass., 1971), which includes a list of additional sources.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers of Esther Morris fill one folder of the Woman's Rights Collection, which was given to Radcliffe College in August 1943 and formed the nucleus of the Women's Archives, later the Schlesinger Library. The material in this folder was prepared for microfilming in May 1989 by Janet Hayashi. It was microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.
- Morris, Esther McQuigg, 1814-1902. Papers of Esther McQuigg Morris in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1869-1935: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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