Owing Thanks to Harry Burn’s mom!

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Harry T. Burn was apart of the Tennessee legislature, a state rep from 1919 to 1923 and the youngest at age 22. He is known for casting the deciding vote to ratify the Nineteenth amendment. Burn broke the tie in favor of ratifying the amendment owing to a letter from his mother...

Letter addressed to Harry T. Burn: Photo via
from Tennessee.gov…

Dear Son:

Hurrah, and vote for suffrage!  Don’t keep them in doubt.  I notice some of the speeches against.  They were bitter.  I have been watching to see how you stood, but have not noticed anything yet.
Don’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the “rat” in ratification.

Your Mother.

The vote was tied 48 to 48. Burn had voted as his mother instructed. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to ratify the nineteenth amendment. On August 26th, it became certified and adopted in law. Women were able to vote in the fall elections including casting their vote for president. Subsequently, President Warren G. Harding was elected that year.

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