Louisa Ann

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Louisa Ann Gardner was born in Norfolk, Virginia back in 1801. Her father was a sea captain who was lost at sea when she was 7 years old. Her mother moved to Charleston, South Carolina when her mother died (date unknown). Louisa was sent to Baltimore, Maryland where she was raised by her uncle Ephraim.

It was while she was in Baltimore she met and later married Stephen in 1821. The union produced four children. When their youngest son Alfred was four Stephen sold his thriving chair factory, moving the family to Zanesville, Ohio later to Indiana and finally to Laramie, Wyoming in 1869.

It was early on September 6th, 1870 when she put on her apron, shawl and bonnet walking downtown to a local merchant to purchase some yeast when she did something that will forever place her in the history books.

On that day Louisa Ann Swain did something no other woman did in the history of the United States, she was the first woman to cast a ballot in a general election. Stephen died in 1872, she moved to Lutherville, Maryland dying in 1880. On September 6th 2008, she was recognized by Congress as Louisa Ann Swain day via House Concurrent Resolution 378. Until tomorrow remember to smile, it will make people wonder what you’ve been up to

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray Louisa Ann led the way with voting.... so many today take it for granted and ignore voting....

Aug 27, 2018 03:54 AM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Louisa Ann took a big step that day to vote in the general election. It was a big deal and I only wish more would make the time to vote..its a right we have and so many do not seem to care about.

Aug 27, 2018 04:00 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Someone had to be the first! Louisa Ann stepped forward! Enjoy your day!

Aug 27, 2018 04:15 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A great first to be recognized for.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 27, 2018 05:30 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - Louisa Ann Swain led the way for what happened by law decades later.

Aug 27, 2018 06:51 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another person that I would have never known, if I had not visited your blog today, haha.

Aug 27, 2018 07:14 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a moving and wonderful story. I enjoyed it.

Aug 27, 2018 07:24 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  I like people that do first things and for her this was major.  Thanks for the history.


Aug 27, 2018 08:52 AM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

That's HUGE James and I'm wondering why that day isn't celebrated every year. Rep. Barbara Cupin (R - WY) should also be commended for its designation and support. 

Aug 27, 2018 10:09 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful and memorable post, and a pat one the back for the women's voting rights. A

Aug 27, 2018 02:25 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- it's amazing to me the number of firsts that are out there that we don't know about. 

Aug 27, 2018 05:00 PM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

You find such wonderful, brave women in our history to highlight James Dray Thank you!

Aug 27, 2018 07:53 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Our country has not always done the right thing however recognizing women’s right to vote was an outstanding choice and came hundred years too late ja....

Aug 27, 2018 10:06 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I vaguely remember when the first female voted but then it was a moment in history I was impressed with but forgot who the actual person was, thank you for the reminder James...

Aug 27, 2018 11:05 PM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Let's hear it for the Pioneer who paved the way for the rest of us !

Aug 28, 2018 07:01 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Louisa Ann Swain - beautiful story, James.  Wishing for you a wonderful Tuesday.

Aug 28, 2018 09:24 AM #17
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was a very cool first and she was a true pioneer woman.

Aug 28, 2018 03:27 PM #18
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Interesting tale there Mr. Dray.  I had no idea. Thanks for the post.

Sep 26, 2018 04:54 AM #19
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