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McCORMICK, Ruth Hanna, (daughter of Marcus Alonzo Hanna, wife of Joseph Medill McCormick
and of Albert Gallatin Simms),
a Representative from Illinois; born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 27,
1880; attended Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland, Dobbs Ferry (N.Y.) School,
and Miss Porters School in Farmington, Conn.; owned and operated a dairy and
breeding farm near Byron, Ill.; publisher and president of the Rockford
Consolidated Newspapers (Inc.), Rockford, Ill.; chairman of the first womans
executive committee of the Republican National Committee, and an associate
member of the national committee 1919-1924, in the latter year becoming the
first elected national committeewoman from Illinois and served until 1928;
active worker for the suffrage amendment from 1913 until the Constitution was
amended; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress (March 4,
1929-March 3, 1931); was not a candidate for renomination in 1930, having
received the Republican nomination for United States Senator, in which election
she was unsuccessful; resumed her newspaper interests; married Albert Gallatin
Simms, of New Mexico, who was also a Member of the Seventy-first Congress; and
resided in Albuquerque, N.Mex.; died in Chicago, Ill., on December 31, 1944;
interment in Fairview Cemetery, Albuquerque, N.Mex.
Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics, 1880-1944.
Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1992; Miller, Kristie. Ruth Hanna
McCormick and the Senatorial Election of 1930.
Illinois Historical Journal 81 (Autumn 1988): 191-210.