Question: What was the legal age of marriage in 1950?

Figure 2a indicates that many states did not allow men to marry at all prior to age 18 in the 1940s and 1950s. When the age of marriage without consent was lowered to 18 for men, many states lowered mens age of marriage with consent to 16. Figure 2b shows the opposite pattern for women.

By 1920, 26 states had an age of consent of 16, 21 states had an age of consent of 18, and one state (Georgia) had an age of consent of 14. Alaska became the 49th state in 1959, with the age of consent was 16 years.

Between 1800 and 1900, women generally married for the first time between the ages of 20 and 22.

Massachusetts has the lowest minimum marriage age with parental consent of 14 years old for boys and 12 years old for girls. Some states have different minimum ages for males and females, with or without parental consent .These states are:California.Idaho.Maine.Massachusetts.Michigan.Mississippi.New Mexico.Oklahoma.More items

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