Hannibal resident Marie Byrum became the first woman in the state of Missouri to vote under the newly approved 19th Amendment on this date in 1920. The 26-year-old cast her ballot in a City Council special election.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

Photo credit: League Of Women Voters, U.S. Records, Deeg, Carl, photographer. Gov. Gardner signing resolution ratifying amendment to U.S. Constitution granting universal franchise to women / Carl Deeg. Missouri, 1919. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2003668342/.