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Caraway, Hattie Ophelia Wyatt

Born: 1878 AD
Died: 1950 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Politician, Senator

1878 – Born on February 1st near Bakerville, Tennessee, in Humphreys County. American politician who became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

1896 – She graduated from Dickson Normal School and for a time thereafter taught school.

1902 – She married Thaddeus H. Caraway, who subsequently became a congressman.

1931 – Arkansas Governor Harvey Parnell then appointed Hattie Caraway to her husband’s Senate seat.

1932 – She became the first woman elected to the United States Senate after the confirmation of a special election.

1936 – She was joined in the Senate by Rose McConnell Long, Huey Long’s widow, also appointed to fill out her husband’s term (and also winning re-election).

1938 – Caraway ran again, opposed by Congressman John L. McClellan with the slogan "Arkansas needs another man in the Senate". She was supported by organizations representing women, veterans and union members, and won the seat by eight thousand votes.

1950 – Died of heart attack on December 21st in Falls Church, Virginia.