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Hattie Caraway – Politician

Although she has become somewhat of a footnote in the history books, Hattie Caraway is a name that should be remembered. Caraway became the first woman to be elected to the United States Senate in 1932 after running for her deceased husband’s seat.  While she was often silent on the Senate floor, in committees she was able to convince her fellow Senators of what average people needed. Often ignored by her fellow senators, she was popular among her constituents who believed “Write Senator Caraway.  She will help you if she can.” She was re-elected in 1938 and on her final day in the Senate in 1945, she received a standing ovation by her all-male colleagues.

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