Esther Hobart Morris
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Esther Hobart Morris

Judge; Justice of the Peace
Female
Born Aug 8, 1814
Died Apr 3, 1902
Death Place Cheyenne, Wyoming
Other Names Slack, Esther

Esther Hobart Morris, a Tioga County, New York native, distinguished herself as the first female Justice of the Peace in the United States. A mother of three boys, she began her tenure as justice in South Pass City, Wyoming, on February 14, 1870, and served a term of less than nine months. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners appointed Morris as justice of the peace after the previous justice, R.  S.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1814 Birth Born in 1814.

TWENTIES

1841 27 Years Old Eight years into her millinery business, Morris married Artemus Slack in 1841. … Read More
1842 28 Years Old Thereafter she moved to Peru, Illinois, where in 1842 she married a local merchant, John Morris.

FIFTIES

1868 54 Years Old In the spring of 1868 her husband, along with Esther's son from her previous marriage, Edward Archibald "Archy" Slack, moved to a gold rush community at South Pass City, Wyoming Territory to open a saloon.
…  The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners appointed Morris as justice of the peace after the previous justice, R. S. Barr, resigned in protest of Wyoming Territory's passage of the women's suffrage amendment in December 1869. … Read More
Morris began her tenure as justice in South Pass City in 1870 by arresting Stillman, who refused to hand over his court docket. … Read More
1871 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Troubles continued to mount for the family. An 1871 fire struck the South Pass City newspaper office owned and operated by Esther Morris' son Archibald Slack, forcing him and his wife Sarah to move to Laramie in Albany County.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1876 62 Years Old Morris served as vice president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1876.
1889 75 Years Old …  Other research leads to Morris' friend, Melville C. Brown, who was president of the 1889 Constitutional Convention in Cheyenne, claimed that Morris presented the suffrage bill to the legislature. … Read More
1902 88 Years Old Esther Morris died in Cheyenne, Wyoming, April 2, 1902. … Read More
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