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These records are contained in a register of voters of the City of Tacoma, Second Ward, from 1885-1889. This register includes names of prominent men and women in early Tacoma history.
Each entry includes the name of the voter, their age, their place of nativity, occupation, residence, filed intention, and date of registration.
In 1871, Susan B. Anthony and Abigail Scott Duniway led a crusade through the territories of Washington and Oregon and helped to form the Washington Woman Suffrage Association. Due to the group's constant protesting and pushing, full voting rights were given to women in 1883 by a bill that passed through the Territorial Legislature. But in 1887, the Territorial Supreme Court overturned that law. Another was passed in 1888, but was also overturned.
Tacoma was incorporated on November 12, 1875 and is located in Pierce County as the county seat.
All records are in English.
These records are open for research.
Digitized by the Washington State Archives Imaging and Preservation Services through a grant with the National Historical Records and Preservation Commission (NHPRC). Indexed by Eastern Washington University student interns.
Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], City of Tacoma, Register of Voters, 1885-1889, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: City of Tacoma, Register of Voters, 1885-1889, Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma, WA.
To learn more about this register, contact Tacoma Public Library.
For more information or to learn about related records, contact the Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Region Branch at (425) 564-3950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.