February 6, 1920
Author’s Note: My research for MARIE EQUI: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions relied on many primary and secondary sources, including the documents collected and then archived by the Department of Justice regarding the case of Marie Equi. A series of letters were addressed to President Woodrow Wilson and other government officials seeking relief for Equi who they felt had been unjustly convicted of sedition for giving talks against US involvement in World War I.
Wilson commuted Equi’s sentence from three years to one-year-and-a-day. He never granted an amnesty, a pardon, or a parole to her. She served her time in San Quentin Prison.
Mary Frances Isom (1865-1920) directed the Multnomah County Library in the Portland Metro Area -- “the first tax-supported, free public library in Oregon.” – starting in 1902. She developed a county-wide system and established a model for libraries throughout the state. Go to link: Oregon Encyclopedia profile