The first woman elected to public office in Missouri in 1890 will be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians today (Wednesday) in Jefferson City. House Speaker Elijah Haahr notes Annie White Baxter, who grew up in southwest Missouri’s Carthage, was the nation’s first female county clerk, in Jasper County.

Speaker Haahr praises Baxter as a trailblazer in Missouri history, noting his three daughters have the right to vote because of people like Baxter. Annie White Baxter died in 1944 in Jefferson City. Today’s 11 am ceremony at the Capitol is open to the public.