WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3: FIRST WOMAN SENATOR
Profile America — Monday, October 3rd. The fact that many women serve as members of the U.S. House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate now is taken for granted. But on this date in 1922 — just two years after women were allowed to vote for president — the first woman was appointed to the U.S. Senate. She was 87-year old Rebecca Felton of Carterville, Georgia, appointed by the governor to the seat vacated by the death of Thomas Watson. She served for two days on an interim appointment. The first woman to win election to the senate was Hattie Caraway of Arkansas in 1932. In the Congress which served in 2009 and 2010, there were 72 women in the house and 17 in the senate. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 82, 499
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 405
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau