1948: Margaret Chase Smith became...

Submitted by Jean Sinzdak on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:03

Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) became the first woman elected to the Senate without having first been appointed to serve. Smith had first come to Congress when elected to fill her deceased husband's House seat; she went on to be elected to the Senate in her own right. With her election to the Senate, Smith also became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.