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Emily Sophia Tanner Richards (1850-1929) was the key figure in the founding of the Utah Woman's Suffrage Association.
Richards was the daughter of Nathan Tanner and his wife, Rachel Winter Smith. Nathan Tanner had been part of Zion's Camp and Emily Richard's grandfather John Tanner had been a key financier of the building of the Kirtland Temple.
Emily S. Tanner married Franklin S. Richards, the leading attorney for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were the parents of five children.
In 1888 Emily Richards approached the LDS Church leadership for permission to form a Utah Chapter of the National Women's Suffrage Association. With their endorsement this was done, and it was officially organized in January 1889. In 1896 she was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Utah. In 1920 Richards was involved in organization of the Utah Chapter of the League of Women Voters.
In the LDS Church Richards served as a member of the Relief Society General Board.
Utah History to Go article on Women's Suffrage in Utah,
Ethan R. Yorgason. Transformation of the Mormon Cultural Area p. 42.,
Quinn, D. Michael (January 1980). "They Served: The Richards Legacy in the Church". Ensign (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Retrieved April 20, 2012. ,
Richards, Emily Sophia Tanner
Date of birth
May 13, 1850
Place of birth
Little Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah
Date of death
August 19, 1929
Place of death
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
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