Pennsylvania Governor William Sproul signing the Nineteenth Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, June 1919.
Credit: Library of Congress
A strong supporter of women's right to vote, William Sproul during his 1918 campaign for governor announced that he would work for any measure that could win suffrage for Pennsylvania women. In June 1919, the Pennsylvania House voted in favor of women's suffrage, 153 ayes to 44 noes. The example of Pennsylvania, a big Republican state, influenced other Republican states to also vote in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment.