Minnie L. Glover (abt 1887 – 1963)

The middle sibling of the three political Edwards sisters who “fought vigorously for women’s right to vote and the active participation of Negroes in politics,” according to The Hartford Courant. Minnie Glover was recognized as a significant political, social, and church leader in Connecticut. In 1917 she moved to Hartford from Americus, Georgia, with her husband, John H. Glover, and their children. Her jobs included working as a hairdresser and a clothes presser.

Glover was active in Republican politics for decades in Hartford. In 1926 she participated in organizing a Republican rally for the Colored Voters’ League, the Colored Women’s Republican Club, and the Colored Women’s (Independent) Voters’ League rally. The speakers included: Governor Trumbull, Secretary of State Francis A. Pallotti, Congressman Fenn, State Senator Alice Pattison Merritt, and Mrs. Mary A. Johnson, state chairman of the National Guard Colored Republican Conference. She also helped to organize the Colored Voters’ Republican League at the Union Baptist Parish House in 1928.

Glover served as the Republican captain of the 21st precinct for many years, and her longtime leadership was honored at her 80th birthday celebration in 1945. The Hartford Courant covered the event in an article titled “Negro Woman Honored As One of First To Vote,” noting that Glover was one of the first African American women voters in 1920.

In addition to her own activism, she encouraged other African American women to become politically involved. Glover was appointed to lead the African American membership drive team for the Women’s Republican Club of Hartford, Inc. In 1936 the Courant reported that the club had nearly 1,000 members, and the memberships of African American women had risen the greatest, by 81%.

Glover would continue her pioneering “firsts” when, in 1918, she became a charter member of the New England Welfare League and, later, the first African American vice-chair lady of the 5th Ward. She also supported her community with her work in church and other benevolent organizations, including the Metropolitan AME Zion Church, Alpha Temple 83 (the missionary board of AME Zion Church), IBPOE (Elks) of Main W., Household of Ruth, and McKinney King Post 142, American Legion, auxiliary.

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