Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Marie Brehm, 1924 Vice Presidential Candidate

Marie C. Brehm was the first legally qualified female candidate to run for vice president of the United States. In 1924, she ran on the Prohibition Party ticket with Herman P. Faris. For several years Marie was active in the W.C.T.U. promoting temperance. According to a New York Times article from January 22, 1926, Marie Brehm had been appointed by President Woodrow Wilson as a delegate to the World Anti-Alcohol Congress in Milan, Italy in 1913.

On January 1, 1926, Marie Brehm was injured in California when a grandstand collapsed during the Rose Bowl Parade. She died on January 21, 1926, as a result of her injuries. She was buried in between the graves of her parents at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

(Note: While Marie Brehm's tombstone states that she died in 1925, all other sources indicate that she died in 1926.)

Miss Brehm's death was reported in Sandusky newspapers, as well as in Time Magazine, and the New York Times. Marie Brehm was named to Erie County's "Gallery of Achievers" in April of 2011. You can hear a podcast about Marie Brehm by visiting the Multimedia portion of the Follett House Museum page at the website of the Sandusky Library. The podcast about Marie Brehm is the third item in the listing of podcasts.

While you are visiting the Multimedia selections, see the recently added book about Sandusky entitled SANDUSKY OF TO-DAY. The book, published in 1888, may be downloaded for your viewing pleasure.

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