On August, 31, 1920, Hannibal resident Marie Ruoff Byrum became the first woman to vote in the U.S. after the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution just 5 days prior. After decades of campaigning by women's rights activists such as those pictured here (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony, standing), President Woodrow Wilson had signed the Women's Suffrage Amendment on August 26, 1920. In the meantime, Hannibal had called a special election to fill an open seat for alderman, so Byrum and her friend Nita Harrison engaged in a friendly competition to see who would vote first. The rain was drizzling that morning, and since she lived 15 blocks away, Byrum left at 5:30 a.m. Her husband walked along with her, and they arrived at the polling place located at North and Main by 7:00 a.m. where she signed the register and cast her vote. Harrison was right behind her, voting at 7:01.