Mary Garrett Hay to Republican State Convention

Document 5: Statement of Miss Mary Garrett Hay to Republican State Convention, May 1920, Mary Garrett Hay Scrapbook, 1895-1928, Manuscript and Archives Section, New York Public Library.

Introduction

In this statement to the Republican State Convention, Mary Garrett Hay mentioned that she had been removed as a delegate to the national party convention. She pleaded innocence: "Being a new voter I cannot see how my opposition to the candidacy or election of a United States Senator can have anything to do with being a delegate to the Republican National Convention."

Statement of Miss Mary Garrett Hay
to Republican State Convention

Months ago my name was mentioned by Congressman Snell in the press, as one of the Big Four. This was done without asking permission to use my name in that way. All newspapers have carried stories stating I was a candidate and working for the position. I have never asked any one to vote for me for that position, or stated in any way that I was a candidate. It has always been customary for United States Senators to go as delegates, I have never objected to this courtesy in any way.

After I announced my opposition to the renomination of Senator Wadsworth, word was sent to me that if I persisted in that opposition it would be impossible for me to go to Chicago as a delegate-at-large. Being a new voter I cannot see how my opposition to the candidacy or election of a United States Senator can have anything to do with being a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

I am in no way opposed to Mrs. Livermore going as an alternate-at-large, she has always been an active suffrage worker and is now on the National Suffrage Association Board. She will have my hearty support for that or any other position she desires.

It is, I know, a disappointment to thousands of women that the Empire State has not seen fit to recognize the new electorate by sending some women as delegates and not merely as alternates.

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