Alice Merrill Horne
From a young age, Alice Merrill Horne was rubbing shoulders with some of Utah's most influential figures. She was from Fillmore, Utah, but when she was seven, she moved to Salt Lake City to care for her widowed grandmother, Bathsheba Smith, who encouraged Alice (then known as "Allie") to be involved in her social gatherings. They would discuss topics like religion or politics with people such as Eliza R. Snow and Emmeline B. Wells. Allie developed a passion for education, efficiency and leadership in these meetings, along with a taste for fine art.
At the University of Deseret, Alice earned a teaching certificate and degree in pedagogy in 1887. She married George Henry Horne in 1890, who she met at the university. Only three years later, due to her significant involvement in the arts community, Alice was elected chair of Utah's Liberal Arts Committee for the 1893 Colombian Exposition and World's Fair in Chicago. Her book of poetry and art was displayed at the fair to represent some of Utah's culture.
Horne decided to use her position of influence to go into politics. In 1898, she was elected to the Utah House of Representatives representing the Salt Lake Eighth District. During her term, she advocated for numerous bills that eventually became law; she campaigned for a Public Health bill, an Art bill, a Fish and Game bill. She organized the Smokeless Fuel Federation in hopes to improve air quality, organized the Women's Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored a Clean Milk campaign to provide free milk to undernourished babies.
Among all of these powerful developments, Horne became involved in the woman suffrage movement. She worked with the National American Woman Suffrage Association and became a delegate to the International Congress of Womenin Berlin in 1904. She also served on the General Board for the Relief Society between 1901 and 1915. Horne received a Medal of Honor for her civic service from the Academy of Western Culture. She passed away at age 80 in 1948.
Learn more about Alice Horne and her efforts in a collection of essays available digitally and physically through the Library.
Laura Durham, “Alice Merrill Horne, Arts Advocate, Suffragist, & Legislator,” available from Better Days, 2020, https://www.utahwomenshistory.org/bios/alice-merrill-horne/.
Wikipedia contributors, "Alice Merrill Horne," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alice_Merrill_Horne&oldid=965356807 (accessed September 18, 2020).