EDITH NOURSE ROGERS Biography - Polititians


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Name: Edith Nourse Rogers                                                           
Born: 19 March 1881 Saco, Maine                                                     
Died. 10 September 1960 Boston, Massachusetts                                       
Edith Nourse Rogers (March 19, 1881 – September 10, 1960) was an American social 
welfare volunteer and politician who was one of the first women to serve in the     
United States Congress. She was the first woman elected to congress from           
Massachusetts. To date she is the longest serving Congresswoman, and in her 35     
years in the House of Representatives she was a powerful voice for veterans and     
sponsored seminal legislation, including the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of       
1944 (commonly known as the G.I. Bill), which provided educational and financial   
benefits for soldiers returning home from World War II, the 1942 bill that         
created the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), and the 1943 bill that created     
the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She was also instrumental in bringing federal         
appropriations to her constituency, Massachusetts's 5th congressional district.