Margaret Chase Smith, a Maine native, was the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S Senate.
Born in 1897 in Skowhegan, the senator was the daughter of the town barber. After graduating from Skowhegan High School she worked diligently at several different kinds of jobs until marrying Clyde Smith, a local politician.
For several years she helped him as he worked to earn a seat in the U.S House of Representatives. In 1940, her husband became ill. Before he died, he pushed her to follow a career in politics and run for his seat, which she successfully did.
This accomplishment in the wake of her husband’s passing began her career as a Maine politician.
In 1947, Margret ran for U.S Senate and won by a large margin. Not only did Sen. Smith become an advocate for women, she held a strong voice within the U.S Senate.
She continued her career in the U.S. Senate until 1972, when she lost by a very close margin. She had been contemplating retiring already and returned to Skowhegan to do just that.