PFOST, Gracie Bowers, (1906 - 1965)


"Congresswomen on Hand for Start of Session" (detail), photograph, 1953, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

PFOST, Gracie Bowers, a Representative from Idaho; born in Harrison, Boone County, Ark., March 12, 1906; moved with her parents to a farm in the Boise Valley, Idaho, in 1911; attended the public schools and graduated from Link’s Business University, Boise, Idaho, in 1929; chemist for milk products company for two years; deputy county clerk, auditor, and recorder of Canyon County, Idaho, 1929-1939; treasurer of Canyon County 1941-1951; engaged in the real estate business in Nampa, Idaho, in 1951 and 1952; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1960; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Congress in 1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1963); was not a candidate for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate; Special Assistant for Elderly Housing, Federal Housing Administration, Washington, D.C., from June 1963 until her death in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., August 11, 1965; interment in Meridian Cemetery, Meridian, Idaho.


Bibliography

”Gracie Bowers Pfost” 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.