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Senator George Chamberlain (D-OR), addressing suffragists in Hyattsville, MD, July 31, 1913


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credit: Prints and Photographs Division. Library of Congress

Senator George Chamberlain (D-OR) was a vocal proponent of the woman suffrage movement, sponsoring the 1914 bill to amend the Constitution. To approve the woman suffrage amendment, the Constitution required that two-thirds of senators present vote in its favor. On March 19, 1914, the tally fell short of that threshold by 11 votes, with 35 senators voting aye, and 34 senators voting nay.