Document 26: “Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Colorado,” The Queen Bee, 15 (27 December 1893), p. 1.
Davis H. Waite, a leader of the Knights of Labor and a strong supporter of votes for women, was elected Governor of the State of Colorado in November 1892. He endorsed the 1893 referendum campaign, although the very next year, when he lost his bid for a second term as governor, he blamed his defeat on, and felt betrayed by, Colorado’s women. Waite issued the proclamation that made woman suffrage the law of the State of Colorado, and Caroline Nichols Churchill (1833-1926) printed it in her newspaper The Queen Bee.
THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. ________
WHEREAS, The Ninth General Assembly of the State of Colorado passed an act, approved April 7, 1893, entitled “An act to submit to the qualified electors of the State the question of extending the right of suffrage to women of lawful age, and otherwise qualified, according to the provisions of Article 7, Section 2, of the constitution of Colorado,” and
WHEREAS, The said question as provided in Section 2, of said said act, was submitted to the qualified voters of the State of Colorado, at the general election held on Tuesday, November 7, 1893; and
WHEREAS, After canvass of the official returns of said election by the State Canvassing Board, it appeared that of the votes cast 35,798 votes were cast for “Equal Suffrage Approved,” and 29,451 votes were cast for “Equal Suffrage Not Approved,” And that the majority for “Equal Suffrage Approved” was 6,357 votes.
NOW, WHEREFORE, I, DAVIS H. WAITE, Governor of Colorado, do hereby proclaim, as provided in Section 5, of said Act, that every female person, a resident in Colorado, shall be entitled to vote at all elections in the same manner in all respects as male persons, and subject to the same qualifications.
“GOD AND LIBERTY”
Done at Denver, Dec. 2, 1893.
DAVIS H. WAITE, Governor of Colorado. NELSON O. McCLEES, Secretary of State.
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