Esther Hobart Morris

Esther Hobart Morris, the nation’s first female justice of the peace, pictured in South Pass City, date unknown. Courtesy

In Wyoming – where women got the right to vote, own property and hold office 50 years before the rest of the nation – the first female justice of the peace, Esther Hobart Morris, was appointed when her predecessor stepped down in response to the Women’s Suffrage Act.

Fast-forward almost 150 years, and the state will be celebrating all of 2019 as the “Year of Wyoming Women.”

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