100 Americans Making Constitutional History: A Biographical History presents 100 profiles of the key people behind some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, a respected constitutional historian, each 2,000-word profile delves into the social and political context behind landmark Court decisions. For example, while a case like Brown v. Board of Education is about an important idea—the equal protection of the law—at its heart it is the story of a little girl, Linda Brown, who wanted to go to a decent school near her home. The outcome is accessible and objective “stories” about the individuals—heroes and scoundrels—who fought their way to constitutional history.

Virginia Minor

Virginia Minor

Women's Fight for Suffrage

“Every Right and Privilege to Which Every other Citizen is Entitled”

Minor v. Happersett

88 U.S. (21 Wall.) 162 (1875)

Virginia Minor—Missouri's best-known champion of woman suffrage and the first person to take the cause of woman suffrage to the U.S. Supreme Court—was born to Warner Minor, a Tidewater planter, and Maria Timberlake, in either Caroline or Goochland County, Virginia, on March 27, 1824. The family moved to Charlottesville in 1826 so that Warner could take up a post as supervisor of dormitories at the University of Virginia. Virginia Minor was for the most part educated at home, with a brief time at a local female academy. In 1843 she married distant cousin Francis Minor, an attorney; three years later, the young couple ...

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