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Sharlot M. Hall at her Writing Desk

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Sharlot M. Hall at her Writing Desk
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Old Call Number: po0153pb
New Call Number: 1928-0001-0025
Location: MS-12, Box 18, Folder 1
Photo Date: c. 1905
Medium: B&W
Original Format: Print
Size: 6x9
File Name: po0153pb.jpg
Rights: Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives.
Photo Collection: Sharlot M. Hall

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Old Call Number po0153pb
New Call Number 1928-0001-0025
Photo Collection Sharlot M. Hall
Location MS-12, Box 18, Folder 1
Creator No
Distributor No
Photo Date c. 1905
Medium B&W
Original Format Print
Size 6x9
File Name po0153pb.jpg
Rights Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives.
Staff Notes No
Description Sharlot M. Hall in her library and at her writing desk in her family's ranch house at Orchard Ranch in Dewey, Arizona. In 1882, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (b. October 27, 1870, d. April 9, 1943) moved from Lincoln County, Kansas to Arizona. She moved with her family twelve miles southeast of Prescott at Lynx Creek, with her father, James Knox Hall, her mother, Adeline Susannah Hall, and her brother, Edward "Ted" V. Hall. She became a poet, a writer and a journalist and served a stint as editor of "Out West" magazine. In 1909, she became the first woman to hold public office in Arizona when she was appointed Territorial Historian. After leaving office in 1912, she cared for her aging parents at their farm, Orchard Ranch, until their deaths. She returned to public life in 1924 when she was selected as elector to carry Arizona's vote to Washington, D. C. In 1927, her long-time dream was realized when the original Territorial Governor's Mansion in Prescott was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum (1928) that now bears her name. During this period she also was a popular speaker before civic and professional groups throughout Arizona. She died on April 9, 1943, and her funeral was a large affair held at the museum, with the Governor giving the principal address.