Born On This Day ~ March 2 ~ Susanna M Salter ~ United States Politician and Activist

Born: March 2, 1860 (Lamira, Ohio)
Died: March 17, 1961 (Norman, Oklahoma)

Famous For/Known For:
United States politician and activist

A Little About Susanna M Salter:
Born Susanna Madora “Dora” Kinsey to parents Oliver and Terissa Ann (White) Kinsey.

Susanna attended Kansas district schools until enrolling in Kansas State Agricultural College which is now known as Kansas State University. Unfortunately, she became ill and had to leave college six weeks before graduating.

In 1880, she married the son of a former Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Lewis Salter.

In 1885 Susanna became obligated to write the city’s ordinances when her husband was appointed City Clerk.

Susanna was nominated on the Prohibition Party ticket as a joke by several men. She received 2/3 of the votes and became the first woman Mayor of Kansas.

Her victory brought with it many letters of congratulations and as far away as France, Italy, Germany and other European countries.  Feminists and leader’s of women’s rights including the famous suffragist, Frances E Willard, sent notes of encouragement and compliments.

Susanna served one year as Mayor and although she was being encouraged to run for another term she decided she wanted to spend time with her eight children instead.

After the death of her husband in 1916, Susanna moved the family to Norman, Oklahoma where she lived out the rest of her life.

In 1933 Susanna was honored with a bronze plaque mounted to a stone in the public square of Argonia, Kansas.

Susanna M. Salter died at the age of 101.



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