145 years ago today - Jul 27, 1878

Emmeline B. Wells, Isabella M. Horne, and Sarah M. Kimball become the first female delegates to a county convention of the church's People's Party of which they also become members of the Salt Lake County central committee. However, the convention has to withdraw the nomination for Wells as the People's candidate for county treasurer because "though the statue provided for the enfranchisement of women, it does not admit of their holding office." Instead, Wells joins with Bathsheba W. Smith on 7 Oct. as the first female members of the territorial central committee of the People's Party.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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