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Susanna Madora SalterApril 4
Susanna Madora Salter

Susanna Madora Salter began her 15 minutes (actually a full year) of fame on this day in 1887, when she was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas--the first woman to hold that office in any town in the United States. An active member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, a wife and mother of four, the 27-year-old Dora was placed on the ballot without her knowledge in the hopes that an embarrassing defeat might weaken the WCTU, but instead of losing the election, she won by a two-thirds majority.

Read the whole story here.

 

 

And in honor of Susanna, an excerpt from a poem by George W. Young:

The word must be spoken that bids you depart,
Though the effort to speak it would shatter my heart,
Though in silence with blighted affections I pine,
Yet the lips that touch liquor must never touch mine.

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Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Isidore (patron saint of computer technicians; computer users; computers; the Internet; schoolchildren; students), Saint Agathopus and Saint Theodulus, Saint Tigernach, Saint Plato, and Saint Benedict the Black.

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Birthdays today include Maya Angelou (1928) and Christine Lahti (1950).

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Marilyn Jones 2002-2008