Mass Moments recalled on this day...
On this day in 1915, a referendum to give Massachusetts women the vote failed at the polls. In spite of its leading role in the nineteenth-century woman's rights movement, Massachusetts was the first state to organize an association of women opposed to suffrage.
Known as the "Anti's," these women believed that they could be better, more effective citizens without the ballot. Many of the "Anti's" were active in Progressive era causes; they feared that involvement in electoral politics would erode their influence.
For over 30 years, they and their male allies succeeded in keeping Massachusetts women out of the voting booth. But ultimately they lost the fight.
On this same day in 1920, Massachusetts women cast their votes in a federal election for the first time.
Read more about the Anti's on the Mass Moments site here.
Wiki Commons photo shows women suffrage hikers General Rosalie Jones, Jessie Stubbs, and Colonel Ida Craft, who is wearing a bag labeled "Votes for Women pilgrim leaflets" and carrying a banner with a notice for a "Woman Suffrage Party. Mass meeting. Opera House. Brooklyn Academy of Music. January 9th at 8:15 p.m."
In the midterm election in November of 1962, President Kennedy was to cast his final vote because nine moths later he was dead from an assassin's bullets in Dallas.
As was the President's custom, he voted in Boston and then came to the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport with his family to watch the results... for the last time.
Read the newspaper reports of that day below.
Kennedy Casts Ballot in Boston
And Passes the Day on Cape Cod; President Gets Returns
President Kennedy followed today his own exhortation to the nation's voters. He voted in the midterm elections. Moreover, he accomplished it quickly....
See "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including 1675 - A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip's War here.