WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in support of her bill to name the Cheyenne federal building after women’s rights pioneer Louisa Swain.
The bill was unanimously approved by the committee Wednesday and will next be considered on the Senate floor.
S. 2126 would rededicate the federal building located at 308 W. 21st St. in Cheyenne in honor of Louisa Swain’s historic vote.
In 1869, Wyoming became the first state or territory in the U.S. to continuously recognize women’s voting rights as equal to the voting rights of men, and Louisa Swain was the woman who cast the historic first vote under that law on Sept. 6, 1870.
At 70 years old, Swain – a Laramie resident – cast her vote in the general election of 1870, which was 50 years before women’s voting rights were recognized in the rest of the country. Her contribution to women’s suffrage is commemorated through the Louisa Swain Foundation, a group committed to preserving her legacy and celebrating her mark on history.