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Martha Hughes Cannon: The First Woman State Senator

Clip: 07/29/2020 | 12m 23s | Video has closed captioning.

Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932) completed medical school, became the fourth of six wives in a polygamous Mormon marriage, and joined the women’s suffrage movement. In 1896, she was elected the country’s first female state senator, defeating her own husband who was also on the ballot.

Aired: 07/29/20

Rating: NR

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