Hattie Caraway had a remarkable career.  She had a number of “firsts” for a woman mostly during the Great Depression.  It is worth reading about!

“Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, the first woman to preside over the Senate, the first to chair a Senate committee, and the first to preside over a Senate hearing. She served from 1931 to 1945 and was a strong supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s economic recovery legislation during the Great Depression.

Hattie Wyatt was born to William Carroll Wyatt and Lucy Burch Wyatt on February 1, 1878, near Bakersville, Tennessee. It is unknown how many siblings she had…” (Encyclopedia of Arkansas).

Hattie Caraway, Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

For more information on Mrs. Caraway, click to read this Encyclopedia of Arkansas article:  https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/hattie-ophelia-wyatt-caraway-1278/

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