1921-1923 Rebecca Latimer Felton - First Woman to serve as a U.S. Senator

Title

1921-1923 Rebecca Latimer Felton - First Woman to serve as a U.S. Senator

Description

Rebecca Felton’s 1835-1930, was born in De Kalb County, Georgia. She is the first Woman to join the U.S. Senate, (67th 1921-23). Her brief and essentially symbolic service in the Senate stood in contrast to her decades of participation in Georgia politics and civic affairs. It was her participation in managing Georgia’s exhibits at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 held in Chicago that sparked her interest in national politics. Felton had come into contact with other women activists from around the nation and endorsed many of the crusades of Southern progressivism, including temperance and prison reform. Rebecca also was a gifted writer. It was through her writings that Felton became a visible presence in Georgia politics. She supported women’s suffrage, Prohibition, and public education, especially vocational training for girls, while fighting the state’s system of convict leasing.

Creator

Library of Congress - National Photo Company Collection

Date

Between 1909 and 1932

Source

Wikimedia & Alchetron

Rebecca Latimer Felton. First Woman to serve as a U.S. Senator, 1921-23

Source: U.S. House of Representatives

Rights

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Format

Medium: Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Elected Women

Coverage

Historic

Files

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Reference

Library of Congress - National Photo Company Collection, 1921-1923 Rebecca Latimer Felton - First Woman to serve as a U.S. Senator, Library of Congress, Between 1909 and 1932

Cite As

Library of Congress - National Photo Company Collection, “1921-1923 Rebecca Latimer Felton - First Woman to serve as a U.S. Senator,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 19, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/83.