1932 – Hattie Wyatt Caraway becomes first woman elected to U.S. Senate


Hattie Caraway

Hattie Caraway succeeded her husband as an Arkansas senator and then won re-election with more votes than her six male opponents combined. She’s pictured at her desk in 1943. Universal History Archive / Universal Images via Getty Images

Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Caraway, born near Bakerville, Tennessee, had been appointed to the Senate two months earlier to fill the vacancy left by her late husband, Thaddeus Horatio Caraway. …read more

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