Belva Ann Lockwood, who was both the first woman to run for president and the first woman lawyer to appear before the Supreme Court, is appearing on a new 17-cent regular issue coming out Wednesday in Middleport, N.Y., near Royalton, her birthplace.
The stamp is the 30th in the series of Great American regular issues that began in 1980. It is replacing the 17-cent Rachel Carson definitive in the same series.
Lockwood was a pioneer in the women's movement, in which she labored for more than 50 years beginning after the Civil War. Washington law office was a meeting place for national leaders in the cause. She was highly popular on the lecture platform and lectured into her 87th year.
Lockwood had a highly lucrative law practice. The bulk of it was made up of pension claims against the government. In 1906, she was an attorney for the Eastern Cherokee Indians' suit against the United States, in which the tribe was awarded $5 million for land that had been taken from it.
She was the presidential candidate of the National Equal Rights Party. of ridicule and denigration, she got one Indiana electoral vote and 4,149 votes in six states in her first try.
Her platform encompassed all her interests: uniform marriage and divorce laws and equal property rights for women; equal rights for all; education for all; revival of lagging industries and encouragement of trade with other countries; curtailment of the liquor traffic; payment of the public debt and distribution of public funds to every section of the nation; and world peace.
Collectors of first-day-of-issue cancellations have a 30-day grace period from the day of issue for ordering covers -- orders must be postmarked no later than July 18 -- and the customary alternative ways of ordering.
Collectors affixing stamps themselves on envelopes, which must bear addresses, must add at least 5 cents' additional postage to meet the first-class rate. Orders should be sent to Customer-Affixed Envelopes, Belva Ann Lockwood Stamp, Postmaster, Middleport, N.Y. 14105-9991.
Collectors preferring full processing by the Postal Service should send their covers, which must be addressed, to Belva Ann Lockwood Stamp, Postmaster, Middleport, N.Y. 14105-9992. A 5-cent Motorcycle coil stamp will be added to the Lockwood stamp to make 22 cents postage. The cost is 22 cents per cover. Personal checks are accepted, cash is not welcomed, postage stamps are not accepted in payment.
There is one plate number per post office pane of 100 stamps, along with the usual copyright and ZIP marginal inscriptions. The stamp has been produced by intaglio.