The First Woman to Serve as Mayor in the United States was the Result of a Practical Joke

A group of men put her name on the ballot hoping for a humiliating defeat

Susanna Salter was 27 years old when she was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas; image source.

It was supposed to be a joke. The year was 1887, and there was a mayoral election in Argonia, a small town in Kansas. A group of men was frustrated at the increasing political power of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. They concluded…

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