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This Day In History

Aug 26, 1920: 19th Amendment adopted

This Day In History

The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push for a woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In January 1918, the woman suffrage amendment passed the House of Representatives with the necessary two-thirds majority vote. In June 1919, it was approved by the Senate and sent to the states for ratification. Campaigns were waged by suffragists around the country to secure ratification, and on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land.

Susan B. Anthony even came here to Middletown’s MacDonough House Hotel, built in 1851, as a guest speaker to help promote the sufferrage movement. It was located on Main and Court Streets until it was replaced by the present Liberty Bank in 1928.

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