September 13 - 1948 - Margaret Chase Smith is Elected to the Senate
Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman elected to both Houses of the United States Congress. She was also the first woman to hold a Senate seat that was not once her deceased huband's. Yet her career in politics started because she took over her husband's seat in the U.S. House when he died. Margaret Chase Smith was also her husband's chief assistant and advisor, which reflected the spirit of Smith's entire career. A Republican, her political stance was best described as "moderate" because she took on each issue as she saw fit. She also was unafraid to attack both Democrats and Republicans, most notably Republican Senator Joseph P. McCarthy of Wisonsin. There was never anyone like Margaret Chase Smith before she was elected Senator, and there have not been many like her since.