Portrait of NH suffragist unveiled at Statehouse
CONCORD (AP) — The first New Hampshire woman to file papers to run for governor finally is making her way to the Statehouse.
Marilla Marks Ricker's attempt to get on the ballot in 1910 was rebuffed because women didn't yet have the right to vote. But a portrait of her is being unveiled at the Statehouse on Monday, after a 20-year campaign to raise funds and nearly a century after her death.
She was the first woman to practice law in New Hampshire and the ninth to be admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. She paid her taxes under protest for 50 years because of her inability to vote.
The Dover resident died three months after the 19th Amendment guaranteeing a woman's right to vote was ratified in 1920.