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Trump to Posthumously Pardon Women Rights Activist Susan B. Anthony

President Donald Trump announced that he plans to grant a posthumous pardon Tuesday afternoon to women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, who was charged with voting illegally in the 1872 presidential election.

“Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony. She was never pardoned. Did you know that? She was never pardoned,” Trump said at the White House before signing a proclamation marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women with the right to vote.

The president added, “She was never pardoned — for voting. She was guilty for voting. And we are going to be signing a full and complete pardon, and I think that's really fantastic.”

Anthony was arrested in 1872 after illegally casting her vote.She was later convicted of illegal voting in her home state of New York by an all-male jury.Anthony died 14 years before the 19th amendment was ratified on 18 August, 1920.

At her trial, Anthony testified, “Your denial of my citizen’s right to vote is the denial of my right of consent as one of the governed … the denial of my sacred rights to life, liberty, property,” according to the Library of Congress.

Anthony never paid a $100 fine she received and never served jail time, according to the House Office of the Historian. The 19th Amendment, which Anthony fought for, was ratified 14 years after she died.

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