Women in Congress -- From 1917 to Now
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Rebecca Latimer Felton
Sen. Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia was the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. After the sudden death of Sen. Tom Watson, Felton was appointed to take his seat until a special election could be held. Because of the Senate schedule, it appeared she may not have a chance to actively serve in the body. But fate intervened when President Warren G. Harding called a special session of Congress. She was sworn in on Nov. 21, 1922 and served one day -- also making her the senator to serve the shortest term.