JENCKES, Virginia Ellis, (1877 - 1975)

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

JENCKES, Virginia Ellis, a Representative from Indiana; born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., November 6, 1877; attended the public and high schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits in 1912; secretary of Wabash Maumee Valley Improvement Association, 1926-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; United States delegate to the Interparliamentary Union in Paris, France, in 1937; after leaving Congress, remained in Washington, D.C., for many years and worked for the American Red Cross; returned to her native Terre Haute, Ind., in the early 1970s; died in Terre Haute, Ind., January 9, 1975; interment in Highland Lawn Cemetery.


”Virginia Ellis Jenckes” 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.