Mrs. I. S. Bartlett

Mrs. I. S. Bartlett (Mary Jane) holds the distinction of being the first woman in the U.S. to have been nominated for the U.S. Senate by a legislative caucus. Though she ultimately did not get the bid, she was elected Wyoming’s chief enrolling clerk for the house and was the first to adopt the use of typewriters in the enrolling of Bills. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, King’s Daughters, Whittier Club, Priscilla Club, Hospital Aid Society, Congregational Aid, Red Cross, and other organizations. (Bartlett, I. S. (1918). History of Wyoming, p.426) 

For her part in the Wyoming statehood celebration, Mrs. Bartlett was given the honor and title of Poet of the Day. Her poem was entitled “The True Republic.” “The production was well delivered and was received with genuine applause.” (Cheyenne Daily Sun July 24, 1890, p. 4 & 5)