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Rebecca Latimer Felton
Birth: Jun. 10, 1835
Decatur
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1930
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

US Senator, Author, Teacher, and Reformer. She was the first woman senator to serve in the US Senate and she was the oldest freshman senator ever to be sworn in. And most likely she was the shortest serving senator in US History. She was sworn in on November 21, 1922 and served until November 22, 1922. In 1922 Georgia Governor Thomas W. Hardwick was a candidate for next election for senate. The sitting senator, Thomas E Watson, died in office. Hardwick did not want to appoint someone who might be a competitor in the special election that would choose Watson's replacement. He also saw it as a chance to heal the wounds he had caused by his opposition to the women's right to vote, the 19th Amendment. He also never expected her to be sworn in as he appointed her on October 3, 1922 and the senate was not expected to convene again until after the election. However, he was defeated by Walter F George who graciously allowed Felton to be sworn in on November 21, and he was sworn in a day later. In her only address to the Senate she said, "When the women of the country come in and sit with you, though there may be but very few in the next few years, I pledge you that you will get ability, you will get integrity of purpose, you will get exalted patriotism, and you will get unstinted usefulness." She returned to writing and lecturing and resided in Cartersville, Georgia until her death in Atlanta. (bio by: Tom Todd) 
 
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 Spouses:
  William Harrell Felton (1823 - 1909)
  William Harrell Felton (1823 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Ella Felton (1856 - 1857)*
  William H Felton (1859 - 1864)*
  Paul Felton (1872 - 1873)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cartersville
Bartow County
Georgia, USA
Plot: SECTION 13 LOT 2 SPACE B
GPS (lat/lon): 34.10645, -84.48363
 
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Record added: May 17, 2000
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