Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Mary Cordelia Beasley - Hudson

Marker ID: THC 4A 50
Location: Main St. & Forrest Ave., courthouse lawn, Camden, TN
County: Benton
Coordinates: N 36° 03.477    W 088° 05.799
  36.05795    -88.09665
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMAAFJ


Mary Cordelia Beasley Hudson, a life long resident of Benton County, was an advocate for women's suffrage. The Tennessee General Assembly approved an amendment to the state constitution to allow women's suffrage on April 15, 1919. Seven days later Beasley~Hudson was the first female in the state to cst a ballot when voting in the Camden municipal election. In 1920 the nation ratified the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution giving woemen the right to vote. One month before the 1920 presidential election Beasley~Hudson died; her remains interred in Camden City Cemetery. On March 5, 2008, the Tennessee General Assembly recognized her with a proclamation.