Anne Henrietta Martin

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[1]Anne Henrietta Martin (September 30, 1875 in Empire City, Reno, Nevada – April 15, 1951 in Carmel, California) (pseudonym, Anne O'Hara; nickname, Little Governor Anne) was a suffragist, pacifist, and author from the U.S. state of Nevada.[2] She was the first American woman to run for the United States Senate.[3]

Early years[edit]

Martin was the daughter of William O'Hara Martin, of Irish descent, who served as Nevada State Senator,[2] and her mother, Louise Stadtmuller Martin, was Bavarian. She attended Bishop Whitaker's School for Girls in Reno. Anne attended the University of Nevada (1891-1894), where she earned a degree in History. She earned a second B.A. in 1896 and an M.A. in History in 1897 from Stanford University.

Career[edit]

In 1897, Martin established the University of Nevada's department of history. After two years in the department, she left to study at Columbia University, Chase’s Art School, University of London, and University of Leipzig; but returned to the department in 1901–1903.[3]

Martin returned from Europe in 1901 to attend her father’s funeral. Her father’s death gave her a revelation, "suddenly made a feminist of me! . . . I found that I stood alone in my family against a man-controlled world." Martin traveled in Europe and Asia and experienced the women’s revolution in England between 1909 and 1911, she became a Fabian Socialist, and wrote short stories and political articles, occasionally under the pen name of Anne O'Hara. Martin was arrested in 1910 over an issue of trying to enfranchise British women. Her friend from Stanford, Lou Henry Hoover, sent husband, Herbert Hoover, to pay Martin's bail, but Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, 1st Baron Pethick-Lawrence had already taken care of that.[1]

After returning to Nevada in the fall of 1911, she became president of the Nevada Equal Franchise Society in February 1912 and organized a campaign over sparsely populated deserts that convinced male voters to enfranchise women on November 3, 1914. This success helped her become the national movement as a speaker and executive committee member of the national American Woman Suffrage Association and the Congressional Union. Martin helped organize voting women in the West in 1916 to challenge Democrats. She was one of the Silent Sentinels, NWP women who picketed for suffrage in front of the White House on July 14, 1917; as a result, she was sentenced to Occoquan Workhouse, but was pardoned less than a week later by President Woodrow Wilson.

In 1918, representing Nevada, Martin was the first American woman to run for the US Senate.[2][3] Martin’s campaigns focused on illuminating how women could act as a positive influence in the political world. Her platforms focused on providing better working conditions for men and women and nationalization of railroads and public utilities alienated women suffragists. Between her 1918 and 1920 campaigns Martin wrote a series of articles and essays and in these essays Martin urges women to form autonomous political organizations.

Martin moved to Carmel, California in 1921, and recuperated from a heart attack in 1930.[1] In the 1940s, she received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Nevada (1945); and wrote two articles for the Encyclopedia Britannica (Josephine Butler, 1944 edition; and White Slavery, 1948 edition).[5] Martin, pacifist and suffragist, [6] died in Carmel in 1951.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Kathryn. "Anne Henrietta Martin." American National Biography Online. N.p., Feb. 2000. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. <http://www.anb.org.jerome.stjohns.edu:81/articles/15/15-00444.html?a=1&f=Anne%20Henrietta%20Martin&g=f&n=Anne%20Henrietta%20Martin&ia=-at&ib=-bib&d=10&ss=0&q=1>.
  2. ^ a b Van Valkenburgh, Holly. "Anne Henrietta Martin". University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Capace, Nancy (2001). Encyclopedia of Nevada. North American Book Dist LLC. pp. 126–129. ISBN 978-0-403-09611-4. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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