Women suffrage in Michigan and the Civil War.

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Aug 25, 2012
Long before Michigan became a state, women first voted in Detroit in 1802 in a vote to incorporate Detroit and again in 1804 women voted on a bill to improve the defense of Detroit. Almost as soon as Michigan became a state, a bill was introduced to allow women to vote. The bill was defeated in 1837. In 1850 the Michigan legislature again denied the right to vote to women.

So you must be asking how this fits into the Civil War. The pre Civil war abolitionist societies in Michigan included many women and these women also agitated for the right of women to vote. The women in the Michigan were very active in helping Michigan soldiers during the Civil War. The War allowed women in Michigan to become much more politically active and these women expected the 14th and 15th Amendments to grant full rights to women, including the right to vote. In this they were disappointed, but used their new found political influence gained during the Civil War to get the Legislature of Michigan in 1870 to pass a law giving women the right to vote. Governor Henry Baldwin vetoed the law and the Legislature did not have the votes to over ride his veto.

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