Friday, June 22, 2018

On This Date In Minnesota History: June 22

June 22, 1857 – Jane Grey Swisshelm was a well-known woman in the United States when she arrived in Minnesota on [this date]. Swisshelm, already an experienced journalist and editor of the Pittsburgh Saturday Visiter, argued for women's rights and the abolishment of slavery. To escape a troubled marriage and money problems, Swisshelm, along with her young daughter, moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota, to be near family. Soon after their arrival she became editor of the St. Cloud Visiter and later created a new paper known as the St. Cloud Democrat. Her strong political opinions expressed in her papers, helped the early Republican Party dominate Minnesota politics. Jane Grey Swisshelm is known today as an abolitionist, a feminist, and a reconstructionist. Her ability to be heard in a time when women usually remained silent makes her a remembered figure in Minnesota history.”

Jane Grey Swisshelm

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