The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution secured the right to vote to women.
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Presentation of credentials
The State of Tennessee, William B. Bate, governor, to all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know ye that, whereas a vacancy in the Senate of the Congress of the United States from Tennessee exists, by reason of the resignation of Hon. Howell E. Jackson, a duly elected and qualified Senator from Tennessee, and the same having been officially certified to me by the Clerk of the Senate of the United States:
Now therefore I, William B. Bate, governor of the State of Tennessee, by virtue of the power and authority in me vested, do commission Hon. Washington C. Whitthore, a citizen and inhabitant of Tennessee, to fill said office of Senator in the United States Congress, agreeably to the Constitution and laws, during the term, with all the powers, privileges, and emoluments thereunto appertaining by law.
In testimony whereof I, William B. Bate, governor as aforesaid, have hereunto set my hand, and caused the great seal of the State to be affixed, at the department in Nashville, on this 16th day of April, A. D. 1885.
WM. B. BATE.
By the governor:
JOHN ALLISON, Secretary of State.