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  1. Women of the Senate On November 21, 1922, Rebecca Felton of Georgia took the oath of office, becoming the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. That milestone event opened the door for other women to follow. To date, 58 women have served in the Senate. Long before Felton took office, however, women had already left their mark on Senate history.

  2. 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.

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    • Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) Oldest Age While Serving: 100 years, 29 days. State: South Carolina. Party: Democratic (before 1964) and Republican (from 1964 – 2003)
    • Theodore F. Green (October 2, 1867 – May 19, 1966) Oldest Age While Serving: 93 years, 3 months, 1 day. State: Rhode Island. Party: Democratic. Years Served: January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1961 (24 years)
    • Robert Byrd (November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) Oldest Age While Serving: 92 years, 7 months, 8 days. State: West Virginia. Party: Democratic. Years Served: January 3, 1959 – June 28, 2010 (51 years, 5 months, 26 days)
    • Carl Hayden (October 2, 1877 – January 25, 1972) Oldest Age While Serving: 91 years, 3 months, 1 day. State: Arizona. Party: Democratic. Years Served: March 4, 1927 – January 3, 1969 (41 years, 9 months, 30 days)
    • Dianne Feinstein (June 22, 1933 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 88 years, 10 months, 7 days. State: California. Political Party: Democratic. Assumed Office: November 4, 1992.
    • Chuck Grassley (September 17, 1933 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 88 years, 7 months, 12 days. Political Party: Republican. Assumed Office: January 3, 1981.
    • Richard Shelby (May 6, 1934 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 87 years, 11 months, 23 days. State: Alabama. Political Party: Republican. Assumed Office: January 3, 1987.
    • Jim Inhofe (November 17, 1934 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 87 years, 5 months, 12 days. State: Oklahoma. Political Party: Republican. Assumed Office: November 16, 1994.
  4. Jul 30, 2020 · Joe Biden was 78 when he took the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States in January 2021. This earned him the spot as the oldest president in U.S. history. Taking office at a ...

  5. In the Senate, Margaret Chase Smith, who served for 23 years from 1949 to 1973 as a senator from Maine, was the longest-serving female Senator upon her retirement. Her record was surpassed in 2011 by Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, who served for 30 years from 1987 to 2017.