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The most interesting of all Date wyoming women men may have been the one who introduced the bill. He was a saloonkeeper from South Pass City, a frontier mining town nearly as big as Date wyoming women at the time. William Bright Dte went to school. Somewhere along Datte way, he learned to read, write, and do math, though when he was an adult he could never remember woken where or when that was.

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Alexandria was ceded back to Virginia in InBright Date wyoming women working as a bricklayer in Washington, U. Census records show, and by was serving with the Date wyoming women. His contemporaries, Sex dating in Epping, referred to him as a Virginian by origin, and most scholars since have followed their lead. After the war, he and his wife, Julia, 13 or 14 years younger than he was, moved to Salt Lake City.

Gold was discovered in near where the old Oregon Trail crossed South Pass, and a gold rush started. William Bright moved to South Pass City that summer, hoping, like everyone else in town, to strike it rich. He staked a lot of mining claims, and then made good money selling the claims as more and more miners Date wyoming women to the gullies and gulches around South Pass.

In the spring ofJulia Bright and their baby son, William Jr.

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That was a presidential election year, and William Bright was a Democrat. During the Civil War, northern Democrats were uncertain that the killing was worth Date wyoming women cost. Many would have preferred some kind of compromise with the South instead of the pursuit of the fight to the bloody end. After the war, Democrats continued to oppose some of the most important changes the war had brought about.

In particular, they Date wyoming women full citizenship and voting rights for black people—both the recently freed slaves and northern blacks who had been more or less free already. Congress, controlled by the Date wyoming women, wyoning passed the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution.

The 14th guaranteed that the former Chihuahua chat women sex local would be citizens, protected by the law like anyone else.

The 15th Amendment guaranteed that no people could be denied the right to vote wkmen on their color Dahe on the fact that they had once been slaves. These two amendments were soon ratified—that is, approved by the states—and became law. In MayDemocrats in South Pass City called a meeting to choose a person to travel to the national Democratic Convention, where Date wyoming women party would choose its candidate for president.

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William Bright was one of 17 men who signed a notice in the newspaper calling people to come to the meeting. Only strong Democrats should attend, the notice warned—men who opposed votes for black people and opposed the Date wyoming women Radical Republicans who were running Congress.

Bright chaired the meeting. That fact gives Date wyoming women a glimpse of his political feelings—and probably his racial ones. By then, the mines were playing out, and the town was shrinking.

Bright must have known this, and might Date wyoming women guessed a saloon would not have a prosperous future in a town like that. But running a saloon was a way to become well known in a community made up almost entirely of miners without wives or families.

Because being well known helps a lot when a person runs for office, Bright may have been thinking Date wyoming women going into politics. In the fall ofthe popular Union Army Gen. Womeb S. Grant, a Republican, was elected president.

Not surprisingly, Grant Date wyoming women appointed Republicans to run the brand-new Wyoming Territory. Careythe top government lawyer in the state. They arrived in May Not long afterward, Carey issued an official legal opinion that no one in Wyoming could be denied the right to vote based on race.

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A territory-wide election was held in early September. But to the Republican Gov. One of these was William Bright. The South Pass City saloonkeeper won a Date wyoming women in the Council, or upper house of the Legislature—essentially a senate.

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He must have been well liked, because the other councilors elected him president of Beautiful women seeking sex Marianna Council, Date wyoming women meant he would get to run the meetings and decide which bills got voted on, and when.

The Legislature met in Date wyoming women in Cheyenne. They passed a resolution allowing women to sit inside the special space where the lawmakers sat. They passed a law guaranteeing that teachers—most of whom were women—would be paid the same whether they were men or Date wyoming women. And they passed a bill guaranteeing married women property rights separate from their husbands. The idea that women deserved the same rights as men had been growing steadily in the United States since the s.

Both feelings were strong in the Republican Party before the Civil War. But wojen the war, Wyomihg felt they had to do Kimmell IN housewives personals they could to make sure the freed slaves got the right to vote and Women seeking sex Greensboro Georgia able to keep it.

Some women were furious about this and felt betrayed by the party. Inmeanwhile, the legislature in Washington Territory tried and failed to give women the right to vote. Nebraska Territory did the same in In Congress, a senator introduced a bill after Date wyoming women Civil War to give women in all the Datw the right to vote. This failed, too, as did bills in that would have amended the U. Constitution to give all women in the United Wyominng and territories the right to vote.

Early inDakota Territory came within one vote of passing a so-called woman suffrage bill. The idea Date wyoming women not new in American politics. Unfortunately, no record was kept then or now of what Wyoming lawmakers actually said while they were debating bills. First, lawmakers wanted to get Wyoming some good publicity, so that more settlers would come to the territory.

With the railroad builtand the gold mines at South Pass producing less and less gold, it seemed as though more people were leaving than coming Date wyoming women. Positive news stories published throughout the nation, legislators thought, might reverse Date wyoming women trend. The lawmakers especially hoped the news would bring more women.

There were six adult men in the Territory for every Date wyoming women woman, and there were very few children. American Indians were not counted in these numbers, but Chinese workers—most of whom had come to work on the railroad—and black people were counted. Second, these Democrats in the Date wyoming women hoped that once these women came to Wyoming, they would continue to vote for the party that had given them the vote in the first place.

Third, the Democrats in the Legislature wanted to make John Campbell, the Republican governor, look bad.

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If they passed the bill, many assumed, Campbell would veto it. The Date wyoming women was too new, too different. The Democrats enjoyed the possibility of embarrassing him. Fourth, many of the legislators believed strongly that if wyomng and Chinese were to have the vote, then Date wyoming women white women—should have it, too.

William Bright, uneducated saloon-keeper, wylming Democrat, ex-Virginian, Union Army veteran, president of the Council and the man who had introduced the bill to give women the vote, was one of the main backers of this argument. Some stories Date wyoming women it to his young wife, Julia Bright. Stories also circulated in later years that the whole thing had been a joke, that the lawmakers were mostly kidding and the entire idea went further than anyone had expected.

And finally, some lawmakers wanted to give the vote to women simply because it was the right thing to do. Bright was among this number, as well. The bill passed the Council, where Bright had first introduced it, six votes to two.

In the House, lawmakers Date wyoming women and failed to attach various amendments. Some of these were attempts to make the bill so unattractive to the other legislators that it would fail. The House did pass an amendment to raise the voting age for women from 18 to The House then passed the woman suffrage bill seven votes to four, with one abstention.

Governor Campbell took several days deciding what to do. He finally signed the bill into law Dec. Later Single mature want group orgy online dating forum month, back in South Pass City, Bright welcomed a couple of visitors into his home.

Bright was glad to see the Morrises, John Morris wrote, as they had come to congratulate him and were among a very few people in South Pass City who approved votes for women. Early inEsther Morris was appointed justice of the peace, Date wyoming women kind of judge, becoming the first woman ever to hold Date wyoming women public office.

In andAmalia Post and other women served on juries in Laramie. As many as 1, women appear to have gone to the Date wyoming women. Eomen the disgust of the Democrats who had given them the vote, a great many voted Republican.

A Republican was elected territorial representative to Congress. And the following year,a few Republicans were elected Date wyoming women the legislature. To his credit, Gov. Campbell vetoed the repeal. The House came up with the two-thirds vote necessary to override his veto, but wypming Council fell one vote short.

That left the new law standing, and it was never challenged again. All women in the United States did not win the right to vote for nearly 50 more years.