Picture of Virginia Jenckes, Indiana's first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. She served from March 4, 1933 to January 3, 1939.
From the Biographical Directory of the US Congress: 'JENCKES, Virginia Ellis, a Representative from Indiana; born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., November 6, 1877; attended the public and high schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits in 1912; secretary of Wabash Maumee Valley Improvement Association, 1926-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; United States delegate to the Interparliamentary Union in Paris, France, in 1937; after leaving Congress, remained in Washington, D.C., for many years and worked for the American Red Cross; returned to her native Terre Haute, Ind., in the early 1970s; died in Terre Haute, Ind., January 9, 1975; interment in Highland Lawn Cemetery'.
Vigo County Historical Society
Jenckes, Virginia Ellis, 1877-1975
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