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This Day in Georgia History

June 10, 1835

Rebecca Latimer Felton Born

To read an autobiographical work by Rebecca Latimer Felton, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Rebecca Latimer Felton was born in Decatur, Georgia. She became the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate when in 1922, Governor Thomas Hardwick appointed her to fill the seat vacated with the death of Sen. Tom Watson. The 87-year-old served briefly until a special election could be held, which was won by Walter F. George. She died Jan. 24, 1930, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, Georgia.