Friday, July 25, 2008

Voting in Colonial America?

Have you ever heard of Lydia Chapin Taft (1712-1778), the widow Josiah Taft, was the first woman voter in colonial America?

Her vote was important with respect to the French and Indian War.

Her first vote was at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, on 30 October 1756 appropriating funds for the regiments battling in the French & Indian War. She voted again 1758 (reduce her highway rates) and in 1765 (change her school district).