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Utah to add first female senator’s statue to US Capitol

February 16, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State lawmakers have decided to put up a statue of a Utah woman who defeated her polygamist husband to become the nation’s first female state senator at the U.S. Capitol.

The Deseret News reports the statue of Martha Hughes Cannon will replace the statue of Philo T. Farnsworth, an inventor who is considered the father of television.

Farnsworth’s statue is currently at the U.S. Capitol alongside the statue of Brigham Young, a prominent Mormon leader.

State senators approved the resolution calling for the switch in a 21-7 vote on Thursday.

Sen. Todd Weiler, who sponsored the resolution, says he is excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment — which gave women the right to vote — in 2020 with Cannon’s statue.

The resolution was sent to Gov. Gary Herbert.


Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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