How Did the Republican Party Respond to Suffragists'
Entry into Electoral Politics in New York, 1919-1926?


      The 1920 re-election campaign of Senator James W. Wadsworth, Jr. of New York provided a first test for suffrage activists after passage of the nineteenth amendment. Mary Garrett Hay led the campaign against Wadsworth, a notable opponent of woman suffrage. For her effort she was drummed out of the leadership of the Republican party. Still, Hay and women supporters of prohibition regrouped in 1926 and helped the Democratic nominee, Robert F. Wagner, defeat Wadsworth.


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