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21 1915 Annette Finnigan Polls the Legislative Candidates In 1914 Annette Finnigan sent a letter to each candidate for the legislature, asking if he favored submitting the question of a constitutional amendment to the voters. When the legislature opened in 1915, Finnigan and her sister moved to Austin to lobby the members. The proposed amendment failed to pass, but the issue was now very much before the public. DOCUMENT* LETTERS Annette Finnigan to Hon. C. E. Farmer, 2 July 1914 Dear Sir:—As a candidate for Representative in the Texas Legislature, will you kindly tell me whether, if elected, you will favor the submission to the voters of the question of woman suffrage as a constitutional amendment? Your support of such a resolution will not be taken to mean that you favor woman suffrage, nor does it bind you in any way to vpte for the same. I feel, however, that the question has become one of such general interest that an expression of the popular will should be obtained, and that it is manifestly unfair and un-American that the political liberties of half of our citizens should be denied by the will of an indifferent or adverse Legislature. I would be deeply grateful if you would advise me of your position in this matter. Respectfully yours, W. S. Hill to Annette Finnigan, 30 June 1914 Dear Madam: Replying to your favor of the 29th, I beg to say that I will not only favor a resolution to submit to the voters of Texas the question of woman suffrage but will support the resolution when submitted. I am for woman's rights heart and soul, and you can count on me for any assistance I can give you in the fight for woman suffrage. It will be a great day for Texas when the women of the country are permitted to take their full share in our civic life. Yours very respectfully, *From: Jane Y. McCallum Family Papers, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. 131 132 CITIZENS AT LAST C. A. Burton to Annette Finnigan, 6 July 1914 Miss Finnigan—Your communication of July 2 at hand. Replying, will say that it will afford me much pleasure to support a proposition to lay before the citizenship of Texas the question of woman suffrage. As a unionist I could not do otherwise. You are doing a great work and all union labor members of the thirty-fourth Legislature, I am sure, will gladly support your measure. I am, very respectfully, Dr. I. E. Clark (note on Finnigan's letter), 7 July 1914 Politicks are too bad—for a lady to mix in. It is bad enough for men. I am always willing to assist ladies in anything else. J. R. Hairston to Annette Finnigan, 18 August 1914 Dear Madam:—I recived your letter, and will state, that I cant agree, with you as I do not favor Woman sufferage. Because I do not think it right for Women to have the supreme control of the State & nation. I do not beleive that God intended for Woman to have the controal of man. Respectfuly Yours, Annette Finnigan's Secretary to Hon. J. R. Hairston, 20 August 1914 Dear Sir:—Your letter to Miss Annette Finnigan in reply to her inquiry as to your position in regard to the submission of woman suffrage as a constitutional amendment was received. Miss Finnegan asks me to thank you for your prompt and frank reply. We regret that you are not now in sympathy with our work, and are taking the liberty of sending some of our literature which will be of interest to you as it will explain why so many good women are working so hard for political rights. Personally I should be as strongly against it as I am now for suffrage if I did not think that votes in the hands of women would be used by them to better conditions for their families, their children and women who need the protection of laws. Giving women votes does not put them in control of the state or of man, it merely gives them the direct means of expressing the opinions and needs which pertain to women and children when those needs are the subject of law and its enforcement. They cannot by reason of their less numbers, if they would, outvote men and so control the state. Good women will vote with good men and so enable them, as they have...


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