Before you get any ideas, this one wasn’t just for kicks and giggles. It was to get a bill passed. Now you might be thinking to yourself “How could hiring a prostitute to swallow a glass eye help get a bill passed?” For that answer, read on.
This all took place in early 1889. Arizona Governor Zulick called for Arizona to be granted statehood. Back then, it was still a territory. Zulick wanted federally funded education, so seeking statehood was a logical move. The first issue dealt with was the relocation of the territory’s capital to Phoenix, AZ.
The Maricopa County delegation really wanted this one to pass. This is where things get interesting. To ensure it went swimmingly, arrangements were made for a prostitute named Kissin’ Jenny to delay an opposing delegate on the day of the vote. This delegate was one of her regular customers, and was the only person in Arizona who owned a glass eye.
You can probably guess where this is going now. Kissin‘ Jenny swallowed his eye once he went to sleep and refused to give it back. Humiliated, he refused to go out in public. The result? The bill was passed by one vote, and the capital was changed to Pheonix, Arizona.