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Mary Geigus Coulter

state legislator

Mary Geigus Coulter, American state legislator.


Coulter, Mary Geigus was born on September 7, 1859 in Savanna, Carroll Company, Illinois, United States. Daughter of John Nicholas and Caroline C. (Wasmund) Geigus.


Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern College, Naperville, Illinois, 1880. Bachelor of Laws, University of Michigan, 1885 (class honors).


Chester Emory Coulter, of Freeport, Illinois, October 7, 1885 (died September 12, 1915). 1 son, Halvor Geigus. Admitted to bar, Illinois and Michigan, but never practiced.

Actively interested in politics, education, women’s clubs and ameliorative movements. Spent 2 years in the Orient studying conditions. Elected to House of Representatives, Utah, 1902 (the only woman in Fifth Assembly).

Served as chairman Judiciary Committee of House. Instituted laws for betterment of social conditions. Organizer, 1904, and president until 1908, Weber Company (Utah) Woman’s Republican Club.

Twice delegate to Republican State Convention. Delegate Progressive State Convention, 1912. Presidential elector Progressive Party, 1912.

Speaker in two nat. campaigns in Utah. Founder Aglaia Club (president 2 years). President Utah Federal Women’s Clubs, 1900-1904.

State vice president Women Lawyers Association New York City.


Married Doctor.

John Nicholas Geigus

Caroline C. (Wasmund) Geigus