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Margaret Chase Smith Elected Senator

On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was not only the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate (without having been appointed to the office first) but the first woman to represent the state of Maine and the first woman to serve in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Smith is also known for her June 1, 1950 “Declaration of Conscience” speech, in which she condemned the tactics used in Senator Joesph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunt – the first member of Congress to do so.

Learn more about Margaret Chase Smith over at the Margaret Chase Smith Library.

Sources: Wikipedia, Margaret Chase Smith Library, Senate.gov

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