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Ellen Annette Martin was born January 16, 1847 in Kiantone, New York and later became a resident of Lombard. In 1875, she graduated from law school at the University of Michigan and a year later was admitted to the Illinois state bar. While her law practice was long and successful, she is most well known as the suffragist who successfully became the "first woman to vote in Illinois." On April 6, 1891, having discovered a loophole in the Lombard election statutes that failed to limit voting to men, she demanded the right for women to vote in a local election. Reportedly, the voting judges were flabbergasted by Miss Martin: "Mr. Marquardt was taken with a spasm, Mr. Reber leaned stiff against the wall, and Mr. Vance fell backward into the flour barrel." She had made her point! Not being able to rebut her logic, they allowed Ms. Martin to vote.
WHAT EXACTLY WAS MARTIN’S POINT?
Capitalizing on that opportunity, she returned later in the day with fourteen other local women who were then also granted the privilege to vote. A county judge upheld the legitimacy of their votes, but the loophole was quickly closed after this episode and Illinois women were forced to wait until 1913 before they were finally granted full voting rights in all state elections. Nationally, women had to wait until the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 in order to gain this key right. Regrettably, Ellen Martin returned to her home state of New York and died there in 1916, four years prior to that landmark event.
In 2008 the city of Lombard, Illinois declared April 6 to be "Ellen Martin Day" in commemoration of Ms. Martin's historic victory for women's suffrage.
-Photos and Information provided by The Lombard Historical Museum and from Wikipedia