ROGERS, Elizabeth Nourse
Typed Letter Signed
1940. A typed letter signed by Nourse, who served 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, beginning in 1925, when she became the sixth women elected to Congress (taking the seat of her deceased husband). Nourse was a sponsor of legislation creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS) and then the Women's Army Corps (WACs), as well as of the GI Bill. In this letter, written in 1940, Rogers shares the recipient's support for removing personal questions from the U.S. Census (at a time when proposed questions concerned income level and mortgage indebtedness and, for women, number of marriages). Rogers died in 1960, in the midst of her 19th Congressional campaign. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998. The recipient of the letter, Bertha H. Marshall, was, in 1940, and according to U.S. Census records, 72 years old and widowed. [#034715] $250
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