The Finger Lakes city where Susan B. Anthony was prosecuted for voting in an 1872 election is asking the White House to exonerate her on Feb. 15, her date of birth.
Anthony was arrested in Rochester, her hometown 30 miles away, after registering and voting here. A year later, she was tried, convicted and fined in Ontario County Court but refused to pay the $100 penalty. To avoid a federal challenge, the judge refrained from imprisoning her.
Anthony's protest drew national attention for the suffrage movement. Women eventually won the right to vote in 1920, 14 years after Anthony died at age 86.
Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni is asking President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to publicly vindicate Anthony. The mayor spoke with Mrs. Clinton during her recent visit here.
"If this is what it takes to get people to recognize what Susan B. Anthony did, I'm all for it," Lynn Sherr, author of the Anthony biography "Failure Is Impossible," said in today's Daily Messenger. "I think nowadays people take for granted that we have the right to vote. We need to realize it wasn't always this way."