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Who was the first woman to run for Congress?

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Original from History of Woman Suffrage, Stanton et al. Modifications © 2003 Jone Johnson Lewis
Question: Who was the first woman to run for Congress?
Who was the first woman candidate for Congress?
Answer:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton ran for Congress in 1866, from the 8th Congressional district in New York. Women, including Stanton, were still not eligible to vote.

Stanton received 24 votes out of about 22,000 cast in the contest.

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