Margaret Chase Smith

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Smith, Margaret Chase

Smith, Margaret Chase

She was the daughter of a barber in Skowhegan, Maine. Unable to afford college, she pursued a career in office work at the telephone company and a weekly newspaper until, at the age of thirty-four, she married Clyde Harold Smith, a prominent Republican politician twenty-one years her senior. When Smith was elected to the House

(L-R) Hall supporter and attendee at the Founder’s Tea: Doris Walsh, and Hall Founders: Elizabeth Delavan, Shirley Hartley, and Ann Bantuvanis.

The Founding of the National Women’s Hall of Fame

On October 13th, 2018, the National Women’s Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1968 and incorporated in 1969, the Hall was the result of hard work and determination on the part of its founders: Ann A. Bantuvanis, Helen Barben, Joseph Coffee, Mary Curry, Elizabeth Delavan, Joseph Doyle, Shirley Hartley, Patricia Jenks, Marilyn