She was 87 that day in 1922 when she served in the senate. It's interesting that a prominent society lady used a Ford - and that she even learned to drive, since she was in her late 60's when cars first started to appear in the streets of Atlanta, GA.
Mrs. W. H. Felton is my kind of woman, she has the sense to know a bunch of lairs and cheaters when she sees one.
Imagine what this wonderful lady witnessed in her lifetime...the Civil War; by the time she was in her 30's the transcontinental railway was completed; telephone & telegraph; electricity; the "second industrial revolution"; the automobile. And don't forget indoor plumbing! Wow. And we think we're witnessing technological evolution with our phones, computers and 4k TV's?? Pale compared to what these folks witnessed.
Stephen..thanks for the link. Wow, she was a fiesty ol' gal, wasn't she? Wouldn't have wanted to cross her path!
Looks like my third grade teacher.
Hey Tim W. Include the Wright Brothers in your next listing of what she saw. It is amazing how we so take for granted the wonderous inventions of our ancestors.
Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton (June 10, 1835 – January 24, 1930) was an American writer, lecturer, reformer, and politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. She was the most prominent woman in Georgia in the Progressive Era, and was honored by appointment to the Senate. She was sworn in November 21, 1922, and served just 24 hours. At 87 years, nine months, and 22 days old, she was the oldest freshman senator to enter the Senate. To date, she is also the only woman to have served as a Senator from Georgia. Her husband William Harrell Felton was a member of the United States House of Representatives and Georgia House of Representatives and she ran his campaigns. She was a prominent society woman; an advocate of prison reform, women's suffrage and educational modernization; a white supremacist and slave owner; and one of the few prominent women who spoke in favor of lynching. Bartley reports that by 1915 she "was championing a lengthy feminist program that ranged from prohibition to equal pay for equal work."
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From the New York Times headline:
GEORGIA WOMAN, 87, IS NAMED AS SENATOR; Mrs. W.H. Felton Is Appointed by Governor Hardwick to Fill Watson's Place. FIRST OF SEX SO HONORED Will Elect Successor Before She Can Take Seat, but Pay and Perquisites Are Hers.
A fun cute thing for Governor Hardwick to do, appoint the first woman to the senate for one day. Who do you suppose paid her for her one day tenure and lifetime pension for this great service to our nation? I guess it was worth it as she did drive a model T Ford.
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