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Thousands of Women Ran for Office Before They Could Vote

Rebecca Onion writes, "Olive Rose was elected to the office of Register of Deeds in Lincoln County, Maine, in 1853. In the Annals of the town of Warren, Maine, her election rated a ceremonial mention: 'On the 30th of May, the town showed its regard for female rights, in respect to holding office, by giving Miss Olive Rose 73 votes for County Register of Deeds.' (In Warren, Rose beat her male opponent by 69 votes.) All of the county’s voters who selected Olive Rose for this office were men. She did not have the right to vote for the position she held, but she won it nonetheless."


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