By Donald Thompson: A New Jersey farm girl, one of sixteen children, became known as ‘The Mother of the Legislature.” Follow her career in politics, election campaigns, service in the New Jersey Legislature and beyond, while nurturing her family and involving herself in lodges, church, and community. Lila was a ground breaker. She celebrated many firsts at a time when women had just begun to exercise their right to vote. Yet her life full of accolades and tributes ended in tragedy. Although his grandmother died before he was born, Donald Thompson always felt her powerful legacy and spirit to be guiding forces in his life. In researching material for this book, he realized he did not have to create a famous grandmother, as the public records and living witnesses proved she was all that and more. Anyone interested in women’s leadership in the early days of women’s suffrage will find this book filled with down to earth details.