Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Annie Monehan, 1845 - ?

By Kim Viner, independent historian, September 2017

Mrs. Annie Monehan was born in Ireland in 1845. Although not listed in all reports of the first women on the grand jury, in her very detailed 1889 personal remembrance of the jury, Mrs. Sarah Pease stated that she looked up the court record of the jury proceeding and found Mrs. Monehan as one of those who served. It is possible that this is the Anna Monnahan listed in the 1870 census as living in Laramie with her two-year-old daughter, Frances, in the household of John and Louisa Franz. In March 1870 she was called by Sheriff N.K. Boswell to serve on the first formal jury in the world to seat women. She served with five other women (and additional men) on the grand jury convened in Laramie, Wyoming Territory. No further information on Mrs. Monehan has been found


1870 U.S. Census at

Laramie Boomerang "Women on the Jury" October 17, 1889, pg 1 at

Viner, Kim. Laramie Wyoming Women Made World History. Laramie, Wyoming: Laramie Plains Museum Association, 2015.

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