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In honor of Womenís History Month, itís worth recognizing Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. She took the oath of office on Nov. 21, 1922. Having been appointed to fill a vacancy Oct. 3, Feltonís official service began on that date, but she served only 24 hours after taking the oath of office. Her short Senate service topped off a long career in Georgia politics and journalism. In her only Senate speech, Felton concluded with words that resonate: ďWhen the women of the country come in and sit with you, ... you will get ability, you will get integrity of purpose, you will get exalted patriotism, and you will get unstinted usefulness.Ē
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.