A Long Beach suffragist, Mrs. Nelly Hall Root, was credited nationally for having swung Long Beach voters in favor of the re-election of President Wilson, thereby “swinging California” to Wilson. Root served as President of the Long Beach Woodrow Wilson Independent League and worked tirelessly to increase the turnout of voters for the Democrats. She also personally donated $125 toward literature and rented a hall for $18 to use as a campaign headquarters.
Wilson won the popular vote in California by only 3420 votes: 465,936 to 462,516. Had he lost in California he would have lost the election by three electoral votes. Root was credited for pulling Wilson over the line.
Nellie Hall Root continued a very public speaking career, advocating for Wilson’s “League of Nations” and helping establish the League of Women Voters nationally and in Long Beach
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