Marie C. Brehm

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Marie Caroline Brehm (died January 21, 1926) was the first legally qualified female candidate to run for the vice-presidency of the United States, which she did in 1924 on the ticket of the Prohibition Party running with Herman P. Faris. The nominee was initially Dr. A.P. Gouthey, with Brehm in second, and William F. Varney in third. Gouthey withdrew and Brehm was nominated by acclamation.[1]

Brehm was a suffragette as well as being very active in promoting the temperance movement through her work for the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) beginning in 1891. In 1913, United States President Woodrow Wilson appointed her as a delegate to the World Anti-Alcohol Congress in Milan, Italy. She also served as Superintendent of Franchise of the national WCTU and California State Superintendent of WCTU Institutes. She had also served as the first vice-president of the Woman’s Legislative Council of California. She was a member of the National Party.

Brehm died as the result of injuries sustained from the collapse of a grandstand on New Year's Day, the sixth victim to die.[2] She is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.[3]


  1. ^ "Drys Name Woman for Vice President: Convention Puts Miss Marie C. Brehm on Ticket Headed by H.P. Faris". New York Times. June 7, 1924. 2. 
  2. ^ "Miss Marie Brehm Dies: Noted Prohibitionist Victim of Pasadensa Grand Stand Crash". New York Times. January 22, 1926. 19. 
  3. ^ Tom Jackson (September 13, 2007). "Speaker for the Dead". Sandusky Register Online. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
D. Leigh Colvin
Prohibition Party Vice Presidential candidate
1924 (lost)
Succeeded by
James A. Edgerton