FARRINGTON, Mary Elizabeth Pruett, (1898 - 1984)


Campaign handbill (detail), 1953, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

FARRINGTON, Mary Elizabeth Pruett, (wife of Joseph Rider Farrington), a Delegate from the Territory of Hawaii; born in Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 1898; attended Tokyo Foreign School and grammar schools of Nashville, Tenn., El Paso, Tex., Los Angeles, Calif., and Hollywood (Calif.) High School; graduated from Ward-Belmont Junior College, Nashville, Tenn., in 1916 and from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1918; graduate work at the University of Hawaii; newspaper correspondent 1918-1957; president of League of Republican Women in Washington, D.C., 1946-1948; president of National Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs 1949-1953; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1952; elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Eighty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Joseph Rider Farrington; reelected to the Eighty-fourth Congress and served from July 31, 1954, to January 3, 1957; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; publisher, president and director, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 1946-1963; director and chairman, Honolulu Lithograph Company, Ltd., 1945-1963; president, Hawaiian Broadcasting System, Ltd., 1960-1963; director, Office of Territories, Department of the Interior, District of Columbia, 1969; was a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii until her death there July 21, 1984; ashes interred at Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii.


Bibliography

”Mary E. ‘Betty’ Farrington” in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.