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Who Was The Very First Woman Elected Mayor?

It was 40 years ago that Jane Byrne was elected Mayor of Chicago.  She was the first woman to hold the title in the Windy City and served one term (1979-1983).

Every Chicago Mayor since then has been a man.  Of course,that will change next month, when Lori Lightfoot assumes the office.

However, the election of a female mayor is not a recent occurrence.

On April 4th, 1887 Susan Salter was elected Mayor of Argonia, Kansas. She was the very first female mayor of an American town.

 

 

 

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