President Trump announced on Tuesday that he will officially pardon Susan B. Anthony, leader of the women’s suffrage movement, 100 years after the 19th amendment was ratified.
Anthony was arrested in 1872 for illegally voting in protest of male-only voting rules, and was never officially pardoned.
President Trump announced on Tuesday morning that he will sign the pardon at the White House during an event celebrating 100 years to the day that the women’s voting rights rule was approved.
“She was never pardoned,” Trump said. “She was guilty of voting.” Anthony was arrested, indicted, tried, and convicted of illegally voting for President Ullyses S. Grant in the 1872 election.
“Well I have been & gone & done it!!—positively voted the Republican ticket—strait this a.m. at 7 O’clock,” Anthony wrote afterwards in a letter. “If only now—all the women suffrage women would work to this end of enforcing the existing constitution—supremacy of national law over state law—what strides we might make this winter.”
Anthony died in 1906 after dedicating her life to women’s rights and antislavery causes.
President Trump wrote on Twitter last week: “As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of women’s voting rights, we should build a BEAUTIFUL STATUE in Washington D.C. to honor the many brave women who made this possible for our GREAT COUNTRY.”