Women's Suffrage and Prohibition - Oregon -1901-1908
Paget, Benjamin Lee compiler. Massive scrapbook filled with letters, documents, brochures, articles, and clippings surrounding the political campaigns and efforts of Benjamin Lee Paget to pass Women's Suffrage Laws, and supported "Local Option" prohibition laws which intended to allow individual Oregon counties and cities to vote on going "Dry," or remaining "Wet." Portland, OR: Benjamin Lee Paget, Compiler, ca. 1901-1908.
Thick folio. 17.5 x 16.5 in. pp. 725-982 on ruled paper. With 143 ephemera pieces, pamphlets, ribbons, cards, ALS, TLS, documents, postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, most tipped-in, some laid-in. Contemporary ledger journal, ruled paper, spine labels "Journal" and "Meier & Frank" on spine, raised bands, rounded corners, marbled endpapers, scuffing, edge wear, some offsetting from articles, clippings, etc., still VG exemplar.
This remarkable political scrapbook documents the efforts to support Women's Suffrage and Prohibition and other political reforms in Portland, Oregon at the beginning of the 20th Century. Paget (1863-1944) was a prominent Portlandbanker who first lived in San Luis Obispo, California after emigrating from Liverpool in 1888. He actively promoted banking reforms to allow women to open and maintain their own bank accounts, as evidenced by an article published in "The Western Lady," in November, 1905; as well as promoting Women's suffrage by soliciting a personal contribution of $ 100.00 from Susan B. Anthony in January, 1906; he spoke out for women's suffrage at the American Woman's Suffrage Association meeting at the National Convention in July, 1905, with a thank you ALSfrom the National American Woman Suffrage Association corresponding secretary, Kate M. Gordon dated July 15, 1905. This convention was held from June 29 to July 5, 1905 in conjunction with the Lewis & Clark Exposition at Portland's First Congregational Church, featuring appearances by Susan B. Anthony, the Blackwell's, Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Anthony, and Abigail Scott Duniway. Also included in the scrapbook is a Patrons of Husbandry, Grange ribbon, as Paget was an active member in this fraternal organization which not only encouraged women to join and hold offices, but actively supported women's suffrage. Paget also served as treasurer for the Temperance Congress held a couple months later in conjunction with the Lewis & Clark World's Fair in Sept. 1905; he ran as the Prohibition Party's nominee for Oregon state senate in 1904; and actively promoted the Local Option Law supported by the Oregon State Prohibition Alliance, and which passed in the Oregon elections of 1904 allowing the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and other Prohibitionists to encourage local laws forcing many Oregon counties to go dry. He would later run for Portland Mayor against Harry Lane, and subsequently as the Prohibition candidate for US Senator in 1906 and 1912, and for Presidential Elector for Oregon in 1920. Paget's daughter-in-law Beatrice Paget (1896-2002), and their son Lowell (1898-1967) opened one of the earliest husband & wife law practices in Portland, and their granddaughter B. Mary Paget Inkster (1929-2017) was a champion skier.