Mrs. Adelaide Morse was elected the first president of the provisional League of Women Voters at the meeting in the Carranor Club.
Other Officers are Mrs. D.L. Naylor and Mrs. A. L. Orr, vice presidents, Mrs. James W. McAuley, treasurer and Mrs. V. D. Frederick, secretary. The following were named committee chairman: Mrs. John Bygrave, Membership Chairman; Mrs. Robert Lawrence, Voters Service Chairman; Mrs. Theodore Law, National and Foreign Policy Chairman; Mrs. Robert Cary, State Chairman; Mrs. James Bentley, Local Chairman; Mrs. Duane Stranahan, Finance Chairman; Mrs. John Morse, Program Chairman; Mrs. Ralph Nots, Publicity Chairman.
Assisting in the organization of the new league unit was Mrs. Nelson Morris, state representative of the Toledo League.
The next year, on February 14, 1920 - six months before the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified - the League was formally organized in Chicago as the national League of Women Voters. Catt described the purpose of the new organization:
Maud Wood Park became the first national president of the League and thus the first League leader to rise to the challenge. She had steered the women's suffrage amendment through Congress in the last two years before ratification and liked nothing better than legislative work. From the very beginning, however, it was apparent that the legislative goals of the League were not exclusively focused on women's issues and that citizen education aimed at all of the electorate was in order.
Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. In fact, the first league convention voted 69 separate items as statements of principle and recommendations for legislation. Among them were protection for women and children, right of working women, food supply and demand, social hygiene, the legal status of women, and American citizenship.The League's first major national legislative success was the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs. In the 1930's, League members worked successfully for enactment of the Social Security and Food and Drug Acts. Due at least in part to League efforts, legislation passed in 1938 and 1940 removed hundreds of federal jobs from the spoils system and placed them under Civil Service.
During the postwar period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. Participation. The League was one of the first organizations in the country officially recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization; it still maintains official observer status today.