GRAVES, Dixie Bibb, (1882 - 1965)

Senate Years of Service: 1937-1938
Party: Democrat

MLK Library

GRAVES, Dixie Bibb, a Senator from Alabama; born Dixie Bibb on a plantation near Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., July 26, 1882; attended the public schools; civic leader; trustee of Alabama Boys’ Industrial School, Birmingham, Ala.; president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy 1915-1917; active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the women’s suffrage movement; appointed on August 20, 1937, as a Democrat by her husband, Governor Bibb Graves, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hugo L. Black and served from August 20, 1937, until her resignation on January 10, 1938; was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy; retired from public life; died in Montgomery, Ala., January 21, 1965; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.


Bibliography

Watson, Elbert L. “Dixie Bibb Graves.” Alabama United States Senators. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982; “Dixie Bibb Graves,” 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, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006; Burge, Daniel. “Senator Graves’s Speech: Dixie Bibb Graves and the Changing Conception of ‘The Southern Lady.’” The Alabama Review 66:4 (October 2013): 253-277.