By Patricia Ward Wallace
Margaret Chase Smith used to be the main influential girl within the historical past of yank politics. Her target was once to be a usa senator, no longer a girl senator, and he or she succeeded by way of overcoming gender, now not by way of championing it. Smith all started her political occupation as Maine's daughter and tested nationally the hot England virtues of honesty, exertions, frugality, and restraint. She grew to become America's heroine whilst she courageously faced Senator Joe McCarthy on the peak of his energy together with her statement of moral sense speech. In her assertion she championed the yank correct to criticize, to carry unpopular ideals, and to perform loose speech. Associating herself with the politics of sense of right and wrong, Smith received 3 extra phrases within the Senate and sat at the robust Armed prone, Appropriations, house, executive Operations, and Intelligence committees. Altogether, she used to be in Congress 32 years and by the point her profession ended she had proven a permanent prototype for woman and minority politicians.This biography of Margaret Chase Smith is the 1st old remedy of Smith to exploit her voluminous deepest papers in addition to broad interviews with Smith and her colleagues in Congress. As Maine's daughter, Smith used to be frugal, hard-working, reticent, and caustic. At age thirty-two she married, in scandal, state-politician Clyde Smith with whom she have been concerned on the grounds that she used to be 16 and who was once twenty-one years her senior. Smith got here to Washington whilst Clyde was once elected to Congress and, opposed to his needs, she turned his secretary. while Clyde died in workplace in 1940, Smith performed the widow's online game and effectively ran for his seat. in the home in the course of international warfare II, Smith sat at the robust Naval Affairs Committee and, tutored by means of committee information invoice Lewis, constructed a countrywide constituency, the army, which in flip allowed her to raised serve Maine's pursuits. Lewis directed Smith's first Senate crusade in 1948 while she received an disillusioned victory by way of an wonderful margin. in a single day she turned the darling of the Republican get together, the heroine of ladies in all places, and the single girl within the usa Senate. instantly, she grew to become embroiled with Joseph McCarthy and courageously faced him together with her statement of judgment of right and wrong speech 4 years prior to a Senate majority censored him. Associating herself with politics of judgment of right and wrong, Smith used to be elected to 3 extra phrases and sat at the robust Armed providers, Appropriations, area, govt Operations, and Intelligence committees. America's heroine was once a political icon by the point she used to be defeated in 1972 on the age of seventy-four.
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19 In the ten-county Second Congressional District Clyde and Margaret distributed campaign cards asking, "Mr. Laborer: Do you believe in a fairer work day? Mr. " 20 President Franklin Roosevelt's campaign czar, Jim Farley, had an aide assessing the Second Congressional District race, and he reported about Clyde, "There is plenty in his record to use against him. On the other hand, he is a clever politician, a man who makes a good appearance, and who has a charming wife who is of help to him. .
He always made a good many calls on the rich and the poor alike. " Margaret scheduled Clyde's appointments and handled his correspondence, "some of it by dictation, more of it on my own," she said. Although always in Clyde's shadow, Margaret learned that she was as good as he in remembering people's names, a fact that she credited to her work as a telephone operator. There she had also learned the importance of courtesy, and naturally, without making an effort, she assumed the persona of a politician's wife: quiet, pleasant, attractive, and efficient.
Life was once again circumscribed by the slow seasonal rhythms of Skowhegan. 54 Fewer than a hundred newspapers arrived in Skowhegan each day, and even the "fact that there was war in Europe didn't disturb us very much," Brown continued. "We had no radios. . Not too many people had telephones. " Senior year was the impenetrable fact of 1915-1916 for Margaret, and the school term began on 20 September. Skowhegan High School, for the first semester still located in city hall, had a student body of 150, 31 of them seniors, and 9 faculty members.