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On September 6, 1870, Louisa Ann Swain woke up and walked downtown. The next thing she made her a significant figure in American history. She intended to buy some yeast to assist with baking and on her way to the store, she stopped at the local polling place and voted. At the age of 69, with this simple vote in 1870, Louisa Ann Swain most likely became the first woman to cast a ballot in a United States general election.