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Felton, Rebecca Latimer

Rebecca Latimer Felton was born in Decatur, Georgia on June 10, 1835. 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 January. 24, 1930, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, Georgia.

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Source: Library of Congress