Esther Hobart Morris Photo

Esther Hobart Morris

Born: Aug 8, 1814

Death: Apr 2, 1902

Birthplace: Tioga County

Nationality: United States

Esther Hobart Morris

Date of Birth : Aug 8, 1814
Date of Death : Apr 2, 1902
Birth Place : Tioga County

Esther Hobart Morris, was the first woman Justice of the Peace in the United States. A mother of three boys, she began her tenure as justice in South Pass City, Wyoming, on February 14, 1870, serving a term of less than nine months. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners appointed Morris as justice of the peace after the previous justice, R. S. Barr, resigned in protest of Wyoming Territory's passage of the women's suffrage amendment in December 1869. Popular stories and historical accounts, buttressed by state and federal public monuments, point to Morris as a leader in the passage of Wyoming's suffrage amendment. However, Morris' leadership role in the legislation is disputed. It is clear, however, that she had strongly encouraged and influenced South Pass City saloon owner, William H. Bright, then a representative to the Wyoming Territorial Constitutional Convention, to introduce in 1869 a women's suffrage clause into the territorial constitution. When the constitution was approved by Territorial Governor John A.

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