Esther Hobart Morris

Esther Hobart Morris (HM1IQ7)

Location: South Pass City, WY 82520 Fremont County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 28.104', W 108° 47.89'

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Two related, side-by-side markers pay tribute to Esther Hobart Morris.
Home & office site of
Esther Hobart Morris
First woman Justice
of the Peace
in the World
Feb. 14, 1870
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Author with W.H. Bright
of the first
equal suffrage law
Dec. 10, 1869

Esther Morris

Controversy exists concerning Esther Morris and women suffrage. In 1869, the legislature passed and Governor Campbell signed a woman suffrage bill authored by William Bright, a South Pass City resident. As a result, Wyoming became the first territory or state to allow women the right to vote.
For eight months in 1870, Esther Morris served as South Pass City's justice of the peace, making her the nation's first woman judge. After her death in 1901, some historians claimed that Mrs. Morris had helped Bright write the suffrage bill. Believing this theory, the Historical Landmark Commission dedicated the adjacent marker in 1939 on the former location of the Morris family's five room cabin.
However, recent studies indicate that Bright was the only author of the suffrage bill, although he may have received some urging from his wife Julia and some help from Edward Lee, Secretary of the Territory. Morris probably held court in the county building near the center of town.
Today, Esther Morris is recognized as the nation's first woman justice of the peace. The monument and the nearby 1870 period cabin honor Mrs. Morris, who exemplified the spirit of frontier women.
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HM NumberHM1IQ7
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Year Placed1939
Placed ByHistorical Landmark Commission of Wyoming
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Date Added Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 681011 N 4704133
Decimal Degrees42.46840000, -108.79816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 28.104', W 108° 47.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 28' 6.24" N, 108° 47' 53.4" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22 S Pass Main St, South Pass City WY 82520, US
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