Indictment for illegal voting, 1872

Conviction of Susan B. Anthony, 06/1873 05848_2004_001

Susan B. Anthony devoted more than fifty years of her life to the cause of woman suffrage. After casting her ballot in the 1872 Presidential election in her hometown of Rochester, New York, she was arrested, indicted, tried, and convicted for voting illegally.

At her two-day trial in June 1873, which she later described as “the greatest judicial outrage history has ever recorded,” she was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and court costs.

U.S. vs. Susan B. Anthony, Record of Conviction, 6/28/1873.
National Archives, Records of District Courts of the United States

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