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  1. Rebecca Ann Felton (née Latimer; June 10, 1835 – January 24, 1930) was an American writer, lecturer, feminist, suffragist, reformer, slave owner, and politician who was the first woman to serve in the United States Senate, although she served for only one day.

  2. May 14, 2003 · Rebecca Latimer Felton. Rebecca Latimer Felton was one of the South’s leading advocates for women’s rights and also one of its most outspoken proponents of lynching. At the end of her long life in 1930, she was remembered as an accomplished writer, a tireless campaigner for Progressive Era reforms, and the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. Rebecca Ann Latimer was born on June 10, 1835, the daughter of Charles Latimer, a DeKalb County plantation owner and enslaver, and his wife ...

  3. Jan 20, 2023 · Rebecca Ann Felton, née Rebecca Ann Latimer, (born June 10, 1835, near Decatur, Ga., U.S.—died Jan. 24, 1930, Atlanta, Ga.), American political activist, writer, and lecturer, the first woman seated in the U.S. Senate. Rebecca Latimer was graduated first in her class from the Madison Female College, Madison, Georgia, in 1852 and the following year married William H. Felton, a local physician active in liberal Democratic politics.

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  4. Rebecca Latimer Felton: A Featured Biography. The first woman to servein the United States Senate, Rebecca Latimer Felton(1835–1930) of Georgiawas appointed to fill a vacancy on October 3, 1922. She took the oath of office on November 21, 1922, and served only 24 hours while the Senate was in session. The 87-year-old Felton's largely symbolic Senate service capped a long career in Georgia politics and journalism.

  5. Outspoken, determined, and irascible, Felton was involved in public life from the 1870s through the 1920s. She first entered politics during her husband’s successful campaign for the House of Representatives and went on to work as a lecturer and newspaper writer before becoming the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. Rebecca Ann Latimer was born on June 10, 1835, near Decatur in DeKalb County, Georgia, to Charles Latimer and Eleanor Swift.

  6. Born Rebecca Latimer in 1835, she was the daughter of a wealthy Georgia planter. She married Dr. William Felton in 1853, moving to his home near Cartersville. Although the state of Georgia prohibited women from owning property at that time, as the mistress of her husband’s plantation, Felton managed a household that included 50 enslaved people.

  7. Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton (June 10, 1835 – January 24, 1930) was an American writer, teacher, reformer, and briefly a politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate, filling an appointment on November 21, 1922. Appointed by the governor as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate on October 3, 1922, Felton filled the vacancy left by the death of Thomas E. Watson, serving just 24 hours until a successor was elected.

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