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“Among the most brilliant advocates of votes for women in this country” 1912–1913

Melba Porter Hay

in Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125329
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125329.003.0007
“Among the most brilliant advocates of votes for women in this country” 1912–1913

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This chapter provides an account of the crucial meeting of the legislature at Frankfort in January 1912, where Madeline had made speeches and had lobbyied legislators to see that the school suffrage bill would pass. Despite Harry Meyers' opposition, the bill passed the house on January 25 by a vote of 62–25, with 49 Democrats and 13 Republicans voting in favour, and 18 Democrats and 7 Republicans voting against. A lively floor debate ensued in the upper chamber in March, with Republican senator H. M. Brock of Harlan commenting that men had failed in their 100 years of controlling the school system, and thus women should be given a chance. After two hours of debate the bill passed the senate, 24–11 with 21 Democrats and 3 Republicans voting in favor.

Keywords: legislature; Frankfort; school suffrage; Harry Meyers; Democrats; Republicans; H. M. Brock; senate

Chapter.  7562 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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