Emily Sophia Tanner Richards

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Emily Sophia Tanner Richards
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Personal details
Born Emily Sophia Tanner
(1850-05-13)May 13, 1850
Little Cottonwood, Utah
Died August 22, 1929(1929-08-22) (aged 79)
Salt Lake City, Utah
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.

Richards was the daughter of 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.

Emily S. Tanner married Franklin S. Richards, the leading attorney for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[citation needed] They were the parents of five children.

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.[citation needed] In 1920 Richards was involved in organization of the Utah Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

In the LDS Church Richards served as a member of the Relief Society General Board.[citation needed]