Emily Sophia Tanner Richards
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|Emily Sophia Tanner Richards|
|Born||Emily Sophia Tanner
May 13, 1850
Little Cottonwood, Provisional State of Deseret, United States
|Died||August 22, 1929
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
|Known For||Founding the Utah Women's Suffrage Association|
Emily Sophia Tanner Richards (May 13, 1850 – August 22, 1929) was the key figure in the founding of the Utah Woman's Suffrage Association.
Emily Sophia Tanner was born to Nathan Tanner and his wife, Rachel Winter Smith. Nathan Tanner had been part of Zion's Camp and Emily Richard's grandfather John Tanner had been a key financier of the building of the Kirtland Temple.
In 1888, Emily Richards approached the LDS Church leadership for permission to form a Utah chapter of the []National Women's Suffrage Association. With their endorsement this was done, and it was officially organized in January 1889. In 1896, she was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Utah. In 1920, Richards was involved in organization of the Utah chapter of the League of Women Voters.
- Utah History to Go article on Women's Suffrage in Utah
- Ethan R. Yorgason. Transformation of the Mormon Cultural Area p. 42.
- Quinn, D. Michael (January 1980). "They Served: The Richards Legacy in the Church". Ensign (Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church). Retrieved April 20, 2012.
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