City Council Members Pay Tribute To Abby Crawford Milton, Who Led Fight For Women Voting Rights

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Three City Council members on Tuesday night paid tribute to Chattanoogan Abby Crawford Milton, who led in the fight to give women the right to vote.

Darrin Ledford, Carol Berz and Ken Smith recounted how Tennessee was the state that pushed the 19th Amendment over the top.

A book has been written about The Perfect 36. That was the magic number needed to take the issue on to Congress. 

Councilwoman Berz noted that Ms. Milton spent the month of August 1920 in Nashville lobbying in favor of the effort. In the end, it passed by a single vote.

She said there was a "War of the Roses" with those in favor wearing yellow and those again sporting red roses. At the meeting, members of the Girl Scout troop at Boyd-Buchanan School passed out yellow roses to the women present. The troop is led by Katie Morgan.

Ms. Milton, whose husband was newspaper publisher George Fort Milton, had been advocating for the cause as far back as the 1870s.

 


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