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William E. Borah (R-ID), 1916


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William E. Borah (R-ID), 1916

credit: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

William Borah of Idaho supported suffrage for women but opposed a national suffrage amendment, insisting it was an issue best left to the states. Borah faced election by popular vote for the first time in 1918. Determined to flip his vote—or unseat him—suffragists coordinated a relentless campaign in Borah’s home state.