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Lecture: "Maine's Margaret Chase Smith: Image and Icon"
Lecture: "Maine's Margaret Chase Smith: Image and Icon"

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Presented in celebration of Women's History Month, this talk will be given by Dr. Stanley R. Howe, BHS Associate Director and Director of Education and Research.

Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) was a Republican Senator from Maine, and one of the most successful politicians in Maine history.  She was the first woman to be elected to both the U.S. House and Senate, and the first woman from Maine to serve in either.  She was also the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for the U.S. Presidency at a major party's convention (1964 Republican Convention).  She was a moderate Republican, included with those known as Rockefeller Republicans, and is best remembered today for her 1950 "Declaration of Conscience" speech, which was directed at Senator Joseph McCarthy -- noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere.  When she left office, Smith had the record as the longest-serving female senator in United States history, ranking 11th in seniority among the members of the Senate, a distinction that was not surpassed until January 5, 2011 when Senator Barbara Mikulski was sworn in for a fifth term.  Mason House exhibit hall (14 Broad Street), 2:00 PM; 207-824-2908; info@bethelhistorical.org; http://www.bethelhistorical.org/

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