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Governor signs Pembroke bridge bill into law

Legislation to dedicate a bridge in the town of Pembroke to Judith Winsor Smith has now been signed into law.

Ms. Winsor Smith was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement until the Nineteenth Amendment was passed in 1920, when she voted for the first time at the age of 99. She was a founder and the first president of one of the first women's clubs in Massachusetts. She was born in Marshfield and moved to Duxbury as a young woman to take a teaching job. She married a shipbuilder in 1841 and the couple had six children. The Smiths spent their early married life in Pembroke and later moved to East Boston. Smith died on December 12, 1921, at the age of 100.

H. 4889, An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Pembroke as the Judith Winsor Smith Memorial Bridge, was filed by Rep. Cutler and Pembroke resident Miles Prescott. A dedication ceremony will be planned later this year.

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