Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway became the first elected female senator On This Day in 1932. Caraway had been appointed two months earlier to fulfil her late husband’s Senate seat. She was re-elected in the 1938 elections.
Caraway was an Arkansas Democrat who had been born in
. Her husband was Thaddeus Horatio
Caraway. In 1944, failing to win a third term, she was appointed to the Federal
Employees Compensation Commission by President Franklin D Roosevelt. Tennessee
She had also been the first widow to be appointed to fill her late husband's seat. She and her husband had three boys.
First elected female senator. This Day in History. History.com. 12 January 1932.
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016