Susanna M. Salter (1860 – 1961) Weeks after Kansas women gained the right to vote in municipal elections, voters elected a woman as mayor of Argonia, Kansas, on May 4, 1887. Susanna Madora Salter, the first woman mayor in the United States, was nominated from the Prohibition Party.

In a newspaper article, the former city marshal of Argonia laments the election of Susanna Salter as mayor, saying that “female mayors are no good.” In particular, he was frustrated that she asked him to close his poker room and she also prevented the local pharmacist from keeping alcoholic beverages in stock. He claims that “Mrs. Salter has just killed Argonia.”

Originally published in the Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana, the article was republished in the Meade County Globe, Meade, Kansas, on January 28, 1888.


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