Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on March 8, arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Anthony’s argument came 16 years after legislators had first introduced a federal women’s suffrage amendment.
On Sept. 20, Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for president and vice president.
“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” published on Feb. 18 by Mark Twain, who had previously made appearances in Grass Valley and Nevada City in the late 1860s.
Houghton, Mifflin & Co. of Boston publishes Grass Valley native Josiah Royce’s “California, from the Conquest in 1846 to the Second Vigilance Committee in San Francisco: A Study of American Character,” a history of a young Californian during a formative and turbulent 10-year period.
U.S. Congress creates Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Naturalist John Muir founds the Sierra Club on May 28 with 182 charter members. It marks the first conservation campaign, as the club defeated a proposed reduction in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.
In March, Grass Valley became a Charter City. The Constitution of the State of California grants to Charter Cities a large degree of control over local affairs, independent of the State government. The Charter can be and has been amended several times since it was established.
In June, William F. Prisk, Jr., former part-owner of the Grass Valley Evening Telegraph, takes ownership of the Grass Valley Daily Morning Union.
The Union celebrates its 30th anniversary; and becomes the first newspaper of its size (under 1,000 circulation) to become a member of the Associated Press and receive telegraphic dispatches. The Union has remained a member of the Associated Press to present day.