Wyoming Statehood Celebration Attendees - Esther Morris

Esther Morris was influential in Wyoming and considered the mother of woman suffrage in the state. She reportedly held a tea party at her house in September of 1869 and invited about 40 people as well as two opposing candidates for the first Territorial Legislature. Mrs. Morris put the candidates on the spot and asked that they both pledge that whoever should win would introduce and work toward passing a suffrage law for the territory. The winner kept his pledge. She also was appointed Justice of the Peace at South Pass City, Wyoming on February 14, 1870.

"The great incident of "The great incident of the celebration, the presentation of the flag, next followed. Mrs. Esther Morris, one of Wyoming's historical characters, who is regarded as the "mother" of the woman suffrage movement in this state, and who is otherwise honored and respected for her great ability and heroic womanhood, was by general consent accorded the post of honor, and made the presentation to Governor Warren on behalf of the women of Wyoming," (Cheyenne Daily Sun July 24, 1890 p. 1 & 4).