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Louise McKinney
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    (September 22, 1868-July 10, 1931)
    Born in Frankville, Ontario, Canada
    One of the Famous Five
    Taught in Ontario (1886-1890)
    Organizer for Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1894)
    Member of the Non-Partisan League (1916)
    Won Alberta general election (1917)
    Lost Alberta general election (1921)
    Signed Basis of Union, which established the United Church of Canada (1925)
    Died in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada
    She was the first member of the Famous Five to die.
    At age 62, she was also the youngest member of the Famous Five when she died.
    The only word on her tombstone is 'Mother'.
    She was the first woman elected to a legislature in Canada and in the British Empire (1917).
    She wanted to be a doctor, but women at that time weren't allowed to attend medical school.
    During a victory lunch in the Crystal Ballroom of the Palliser Hotel for the Famous Five organized by the Calgary Women’s Canadian Club, she said that women should 'dream big and act honorably'.
    She was an advocate of temperance, prohibition and women's rights.
    She fought to improve the lives of immigrants, widows and separated wives.
    During her funeral, fellow Famous Five member Nellie McClung called her a great lover of people.
    As one of the Famous Five, she persuaded the Supreme Court of Canada that women were included as 'persons' (1930).

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