Annie White Baxter
Inducted - Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Sculptor: Spencer Schubert
Where is Annie White Baxter in the Hall of Famous Missourians?
Annie White Baxter was the first woman elected to public office in Missouri in 1890 and the first female county clerk in the U.S.
After graduating from Carthage High School, Annie began her career assisting the Jasper County Clerk and the subsequent Deputy Clerk. In 1890, she was nominated for County Clerk and many questioned whether she could legally run for office as women were not permitted to vote. Annie defeated her opponent by over 400 votes and earned a reputation as one of the state’s best county clerks, overseeing elections for which she could not vote due to her gender.
Annie later served as state registrar of lands from 1908 to 1916, then financial secretary of the Missouri Constitutional Convention in 1922 and a delegate to the Democratic Party’s state convention in 1936. She is remembered as a political trailblazer.