Wyoming may be known as the Equality State – being the first state to give women the right to vote. But, most people probably do not know that it was Wyoming's first territorial governor, John Campbell, who made certain that right was not taken away.
Museum Collections Supervisor, Jim Allison, says that two years after Wyoming territorial women were given the right to vote, there was a move to repeal that right, which actually passed the Wyoming House and Senate. However, Governor Campbell vetoed legislation.
An exhibit of items that once belonged to Governor Campbell is currently on display at the Wyoming State Museum. A highlight of the exhibit is an original certificate of appointment, signed by Abraha Lincoln, making Campbell Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteer in 1863.
The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. To learn more, click here: http://wyomuseum.org