Margaret Chase Smith (December 14, 1897 – May 29, 1995) was a Republican
Senator from Maine. She was elected to the U.S. Senate on September 13, 1948,
making her the first woman to be elected to both houses of Congress, and the
first woman to have her name placed in nomination for President by a major
political party, at the 1964 Republican convention. When Smith left office in
1973, she had the record as the longest-serving female senator in U.S.
history, ranking 11th in seniority.
Margaret Chase Smith is sworn into office as U.S.
Senator from Maine in January, 1949