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Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts Opening House Session, photograph by Harris & Ewing, September 27, 1929

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Representative Edith Nourse Rogers

Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts

Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts, the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, worked as a field hospital inspector and American Red Cross volunteer during World War I. Elected in 1925 to serve in the seat formerly held by her late husband, Rogers retained it for the next 35 years. She twice chaired the prestigious Veterans’ Affairs Committee and helped draft two Women’s Army Corps Acts and the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act (G.I. Bill of Rights) of 1944.