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Rebecca Felton


Rebecca Felton

Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia, the first woman to serve in the United States Senate, was appointed on October 3, 1922, to fill a vacancy. She took the oath of office on November 21, 1922, and then served just 24 hours as a duly-sworn member of the Senate. The 87-year-old Felton's brief term in the Senate capped a long career in Georgia politics and journalism. In her only Senate speech, delivered to a large audience in the Senate Chamber on November 22, Felton made this prediction: "When the women of the country come in and sit with you,... you will get ability, you will get integrity of purpose, you will get exalted patriotism, and you will get unstinted usefulness."

 (Photo: Senate Historical Office)