Right to Vote



Harriett Cox Barrett
b-2/14/1881
d-12-26-1968
my greatgrandmother 



1900 presidential campaign buttons
William Jennings Bryan vs William McKinley


Since Bryan is portrayed in a black kettle of soup, I assume they were supporters of McKinley. 
Which surprises me, since they were fairly poor farmers and Bryan was supposed to be defender of the common people. Also, I have always thought of my ancestors, at least the more recent ones, to be Democrats, not Republicans.  However, it makes me happy to think that my great grandmother's father was smart enough to vote for the individual and not the party, which is something I have always done and always will do.  I'm sure Harriett was beyond excited to finally get to vote in 1920, but she would be almost 40 before she would "earn" that right. I wonder if her political enthusiasm waned over those long years of waiting to be eligible to speak her mind with a vote. 


I've posted this before, but I can't find it on either blog, so I think when I moved from wordpress I must have deleted it.  
So, here it is again & sorry if you have already seen it once before. 

shared with Tuesday's Treasures

26 comments:

  1. What an incredible treasure.
    I have very few photos of my parents and none of anyone from the older generations.
    Your greatgrandmother has a 'good face'. She looks like someone who knew her own mind, and would have been wonderful to know.
    Do you remember her at all?

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  2. My great grandfather debated with Bryan in NE

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  3. Old pics are great to have and to speculate over.

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  4. Hello, wonderful photo of your great grandmother. It took a long time for women to get the right to vote. Great post! Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  5. Fascinating history. Your great-grandmother has a look of quiet confidence and vision about her from that great photo.
    Thanks also for your visit!

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  6. My grandmother was born in 1886, so close in age to yours. i love this old photo and the buttons. in our family we have always voted for the person not the party until I married Bob. he is party to the bone and we have lots of INTERESTING discussions..

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  7. Wonderful history. Especially in recent elections I think voting person not party is the way to go.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  8. I think it is always interesting to see family members dressed in former time clothes, which are now invaluable. Great old pic.

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  9. Fascinating and personal photo reference to the suffragette movement.

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  10. I was never informed about anything interesting in my family. I have no clue where they stood on political grounds. It is nice that you have memorabilia. Your great-grandmother must have been a staunch supporter - to have her photograph made with the buttons on.

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  11. I wish that I knew who my great-grandmother was, no less have a picture of her. Thanks sharing this treasure and please hurry on back.

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  12. It's neat to have pictures of family from long ago and think about those who have gone before us.

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  13. Do you look like your great grandmother? From the small profile pictures I've seen, I think you do. She is beautiful!

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  14. very cool post! we vote for the person as well, most of the time it's republican for my family.

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  15. What wonderful history to know.

    Our family has always voted for the person and not the party.

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  16. It is just fine to post something twice, anyway. Specially a post like this. How wonderful to have this from your family.

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  17. That is a wonderful picture of your great grandmother with the campaign buttons. I agree about voting for the person and not the party.

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  18. very interesting that you could have a picture from that long ago, it's wonderful

    My maternal grandparents always voted democrat because they said democrats was for poor working people and republicans was always for the wealthy people? ways

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  19. Love the photo , and great to read the History .

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  20. Your great grandmother was quite the lady, and surely had a mind of her own.

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  21. Beautiful lady, always wanted to vote, like all women.

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  22. Our right as women to vote is just so important. We should all use that vote very carefully.

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  23. How interesting! The little details one can find on clothing! I am going to look much closer from now on. She was a beautiful lady who was proud to vote as soon as she could. Of this, I am pretty sure since she was willing to wear political buttons before the vote was hers.

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  24. According to Google this morning, I'm reading this post on International Women's Day, so how appropriate it is! This picture and your family history is a treasure indeed for you and what a great reminder to us not to take what we have for granted. I'm actually counting on women's votes to save our country this next election. ;))

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