Frances M. Haskell

Frances Haskell
Frances Haskell, courtesy of Office of the Secretary of State.

Quick Facts

  • Birth: 1871?, New York
  • Death: November 26, 1947, Tacoma, Washington
  • Party Affiliation: Republican
  • Years Served: 1919-1921
  • Office: Representative
  • District: 38 (Pierce County)


Resided in Tacoma, Washington. Married to Herbert B. Haskell.


First Methodist Church, Tacoma

Legislative and State Service

Led in securing the law for equal pay for men and women teachers.

Committees: (1919) Public Morals, chair; Education; Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry and Hygiene; State Libraries; State Soldiers’ and Veterans’ Homes (1921)Appropriations; Education; Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry and Hygiene; State Library; State Soldiers’ and Veterans’ Homes

House Bills sponsored: (1919 session)

  • 71 - Relating to juvenile insurance by fraternal benefit societies. Signed by Governor Lister.
  • 145 - Providing for the care of graves of soldiers, sailors, and marines. Went to third reading.

House Joint Resolutions sponsored: (1920 session)

  • 1-Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States extending the right of Suffrage to women. Passed.

Leadership, Positions, and Appointments

  • Introduced the Federal Suffrage Amendment upon ratification on March 22, 1920 at an extraordinary session of the Washington State legislature
  • Held a number of national offices with the Ladies of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic)
  • National President of the Ladies of the G.A.R., 1939
  • Superintendent of the Ladies’ G.A.R. Home, Puyallup, n.d.


Biography courtesy of the Washington Office of the Secretary of State.

  • “GAR Head Dies Here,” Tacoma News Tribune, November 28, 1947.
  • History of Woman Suffrage, Vol. 6, 1900-1920. National American Woman Suffrage Association, New York, 1922.
  • Haskell, Frances M. My Yesterdays. Johnson-Cox Co., Tacoma, 1948. (At UW see her file)