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Illinois Suffragists travel to DC in 1913

Illinois Suffragists travel to DC in 1913

Dr. Julia Holmes Smith leads the Illinois delegation to the National Suffrage for Women Convention in Washington, DC on March 3, 1913. She was the first woman trustee of the University of Illinois, the appointee of Governor Altgeld ; was three times president of the Chicago Woman's Club, and once secretary of the Fortnightly ; was vice-president of the committee of organization of the World's Homœopathic Congress held in Chicago in 1893, and chairman of the local woman's committee of homœopathic medicine and surgery ; was member of the board of directors of Congress of Woman's World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893. Dr. Smith is a member and for three years was a censor of the American Institute of Homœopathy, member of the Illinois State, the Chicago and also the Southern Homœopathic Medical societies. She contributed one hundred pages to Arndt's "System of Medicine," and has been a constant contributor to many homœopathic medical journals. She married, first, in 1860, Waldo Abbot, by whom she has one son, Willis John Abbot ; and married, second, in 1872, Sabin Smith of New London, Conn., by whom she has one daughter, Helen Page Smith, now Mrs. H. W. Pierce of Chicago. Illinois was one of the first three states to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in June 1919. State Rep. Lottie Holman O'Neill was the first woman elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1922 and the first woman elected to the State Senate in 1950. Winifred Mason Huck was the first woman elected to Congress from Illinois also in a special election in 1922 to fill the vacancy of her late father Rep. Noah Mason who also served in the U.S. Senate. His granddaughter Jimilu Mason represented the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC as our first cherry blossom princess in 1948 and she became a world-famous sculptor whose works are on display in the U.S. capitol, the Supreme Court, and state capitols.

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