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Michigan, November 12, 1898

The nomination of Mrs. Merrie L Abbott of this place, which began as a joke at the silver democratic convention, has resulted in her election and brought out a serious question as to whether or not she can serve.

Merrie, who practiced law with her husband, was ousted from office in October 1899, after being Michigan’s first (unofficial) female county prosecutor for just under a year. Women in Michigan wouldn’t win the right to vote until 1918, 20 years after Merrie’s election.

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