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Hettie and her Russian Blue Cat, 1925 - Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Mrs. Thaddeus Caraway and cat." The cat's accomplishments are lost to history, but Hettie Caraway went on to become a two-term U.S. Senator, the first woman ever elected to that office.

Hettie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway

Dates: February 1, 1878 - December 21, 1950
Occupation: Homemaker, Senator
Known for: first woman elected to the United States Senate; first woman elected to a full 6-year term in the United States Senate; first woman to preside over the Senate (May 9, 1932); first woman to chair a Senate Committee (Committee on Enrolled Bills, 1933); first woman in Congress to co-sponsor the Equal Rights Amendment (1943)

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