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One of two First Assemblywomen for the New York State Legislature

Ida Sammis - 2nd District, Suffolk County

Mary Lilly

As the suffrage leader for her district , in 1911 Sammis organized the first women's suffrage club in Suffolk County. Once in Assembly, Sammis became the first woman to sponsor a bill enacted into law. During her term, Sammis introduced 15 bills, ten of which became law. Sammis lost her bid for reelection in 1920, but continued to be active in community and political organizations.

The following excerpt was published in "Assembly Biographies: Ida B. Sammis " New York Red Book. (1919): 168.

"Mrs. Ida B. Sammis, Republican, representing the Second Assembly District of Suffolk county, is a native of the town of Huntington, Long Island, where her ancestors settled in 1656. In 1911, she organized the first woman suffrage club in Suffolk county and has been the suffrage leader of her district continuously since that time. She is also the first vice-regent of Ketewamoke Chapter, Daughters American Revolution, secretary Huntington Historical Society, member of the Board of Directors, Huntington Branch, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; member Executive Board, Red Cross; superintendent of Christian Citizenship and Franchise, Suffolk County W. C. T. U., was chairman of the Woman's Committee, Huntington, of the Second Liberty Loan, and is a lifetime member of the Agricultral Society. She entered the primaries against Henry A. Murphy, and received the nomination for the Assembly from the Republican party. She was also nominated by the Prohibition party. At the general election, she defeated Walter L. Stilwell, Democrat, and Eugene Wood, Socialist, carrying every town in her district."