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Historic Female Voter Honored By With Gravestone Correction

For more than 80 years, the grave of the first woman to vote under an equal suffrage law in the United States was marked with a misspelled name. 

Not anymore. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the descendants of Seraph Young joined Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and others this week to correct her headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Young was the first woman to vote under an equal suffrage law when she cast her ballot in a Utah municipal election in 1870. The milestone wasn't recognized at the time and her first name was spelled wrong when she was buried alongside her military-veteran husband.