BLOG: Before Palin, Ferraro, Sandusky's Marie Brehm

Tom Jackson
Apr 26, 2011

Before Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman nominated for vice president as a Democrat, or Sarah Palin, the GOP veep nominee in 2008, there was Marie Brehm.

Brehm, the first legally qualified female candidate to run for vice president of the U.S., was a Sandusky native. In 1924, she ran for vice president on the Prohibition Party ticket, serving as the running mate for Herman P. Faris. 

Brehm died age 65 in California, a casualty of a historic disaster during the Rose Bowl parade.  On Jan. 1, 1926, a grandstand collapsed, injuring more than 100 people. Eight people were killed or died later, including Brehm, who lingered until Jan. 21 before succumbing. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery back in Sandusky.

She must have been a national figure, because her death was reported in "Time" magazine and in various newspapers, under headlines such as "Dry Leader Dies of Injuries."

Brehm is among six Erie County natives being honored during Monday's "Gallery of Achievers" luncheon put on by the Erie County Chamber of Commerce.