3 results for month: 02/2014

Washington’s First Statehood Appeal

[ Posted Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:00:56 ] The first constitutional convention convened in Walla Walla on June 11, 1878.  At that time Walla Walla was the largest city in Washington territory. During the convention, a delegate presented a petition for women’s suffrage. It proved too controversial a measure, but the delegates did go as far as granting married women the right to enter into a contract and to take legal action against any wrongdoer. In November, the voters approved the resolution to ask the United States Congress for admission into the Union.  A bill was introduced, but died in committee.  Historians looking back at ...

Washington’s First Suffrage Bill

[ Posted Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:00:56 ] In 1854, Arthur Denny brought a bill to Washington Territory’s first legislative session “to allow all white females over the age of 18 years to vote.”  The bill was defeated.  However, the representatives did pass a bill granting every taxpaying inhabitant over the age of 21 the right to vote in school elections. Though this act, a few women qualified to vote. Next time, the first constitutional convention. Like this story? Support our all-volunteer museum with a small donation here.

Washington’s 125th Birthday

[ Posted Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:00:00 ] This year the State of Washington is celebrating its 125th birthday.  Our birthday is November 11, 1889.  Before we put on our party hats and bring out the noisemakers, I thought we would remind ourselves about the journey our ancestors took toward joining the nation.  Along with the drive to officially join the Union, there were two other movements to define what kind of state and society we would be out here in the Pacific Northwest.  The issues of women’s right to vote and temperance were entwined, as many of the same activist women were involved in both movements.  It ...