Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Whether an honest mistake, or as a joke, the young typesetter printed the love letter instead of the editorial. When Richardson saw the letter in print, he was furious. Before he could correct the error, several copies had already been distributed. He soon became the butt of many a joke throughout the city. Until his death in 1890, Richardson was never truly able to live down the infamous letter.
We don’t know whether Belva Lockwood ever saw a copy of the letter, although gossip as it is, she undoubtedly heard about it.
In 1884, she became the first woman to run for U.S. president on the Equal Rights Party and actually received over 4,000 votes. She ran again four years later. Although she did not win either election, she continued to work for the rights of those she felt were underrepresented in the United States justice system.
Belva Lockwood did not marry again and she died in Washington in 1917, three years short of women getting the right to vote.
Ann Marie Linnabery is the assistant director of the History Center of Niagara.Ann Marie Linnabery is the assistant director of the History Center of Niagara.