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Helen T. Henderson

AE Curator Jul 16
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In 1923 Buchanan County educator Helen T. Henderson received an unexpected request from local Democrats. Would she run for the Virginia House of Delegates? She accepted and became the Commonwealth’s first female major-party nominee, three years after women began voting. Henderson prevailed and along with Norfolk’s Sarah Lee Fain became the state’s first female members of the General Assembly in January, 1924. She quickly became a respected member of the House, but she died in 1925. Two years later, her daughter Helen Ruth Henderson won a term as a delegate.

Location: Big Stone Gap
Image: Library of Virginia

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