While doing some other research, I came across a great photo of Congresswoman Winnifred Huck, who was the third woman elected to Congress and the first to represent Illinois. She won a special election to fill her father’s seat when he died in 1922 but lost the general election, so she served just 14 weeks.
Huck ignored the tradition of silent freshmen, vocally continuing to support her father’s progressive and pacifist causes. In January 1923, she and Alice Robertson were joined by a third woman representative, Mae Nolan, who won her husband’s seat after his death.
Now, the pictures I’ve included so far are nice and all, but the one that got me started is this one:
This picture fits nicely into my developing series of people and animals incongruously placed near Washington landmarks. Women in Congress, where I first found this picture and which served as the main source for this post (there’s also a great website), says this on p. 25:
Winnifred Mason Huck of Illinois practices her golf game at the Potomac Park Links in Washington, D.C., in November 1922 with the Washington Monument in the background. Golf was an increasingly popular sport–driven partly by the success of its first bona fide U.S. superstar, Bobby Jones. Huck and later women in Congress took up the sport, in part, to interact with male colleagues who often used the links as an informal forum for transacting legislative business.
Well, nothing’s changed in that regard.
Of course, then I found these last two pictures taken at the same time. This group, by the way, was taken just four days after the first picture in this post (Huck getting flowers on her arrival at Congress). Because of her father’s career in politics, Huck wasn’t a political newbie, and she clearly knew how to make the most of her time in DC.
There’s still a golf course down on Hains Point. I suspect that this is the same course. Anyone played there lately?