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Virginia Ellis Jenckes

Indiana's First Female Congresswoman

Description: 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.
Origin: 2005
Contributor(s): 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'.
Collection: Vigo County Historical Society
Copyright: Copyright Undetermined
Subjects: Jenckes, Virginia Ellis, 1877-1975
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