Treasure #80 Marilla Ricker

photo and paperThe Marilla Ricker photo and paper display in the Museum’s Hale House displays her scrapbook, a petition to Dover’s selectmen, and a “taxation without representation” protest. A suffragist, philanthropist, lawyer, freethinker, and Dover resident, Ricker (1840-1920) made significant contributions to women’s rights issues. She was the first woman to be accepted into the bar in New Hampshire, the first woman to attempt to run for NH governor, and the first woman to apply for a foreign ambassadorship post. The League of Women Voters and the NH Women’s Bar Association are raising funds to commission a portrait of Ricker to hang in the NH State House.

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