First woman VP candidate from Sandusky

Marie Brehm's quest to win the world's second-most powerful position ended in failure 88 years ago.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 25, 2012

But the Sandusky native's efforts still helped springboard victories for women all across the nation in the decades that followed.

Brehm, the first recognized and legal female vice presidential candidate, represented the National Prohibition Party during the 1924 election.

The running mate of Herman Faris, Brehm preached an anti-alcohol platform while advocating for women's rights.

Although the party failed miserably at the polls — it generated 57,000 votes, without garnering a single Electoral College point — Brehm's pioneering attitude inspired other women to run for office.

It's no overstatement to say Brehm established a political pathway for other women, including Republican Sarah Palin in 2008, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Comments

Phil Packer

Talk about a doomed political platform~this country is full of drunks.

meowmix

What? You mention Palin before Geraldine Ferraro who was actually the first woman to be nominated from one of the two major political parties. Palin was just a piece of fluff. Ferraro actually had credentials.