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Hamilton, Grace Towns, 1907-1992

Biography:

"The first African American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly, Grace Towns Hamilton was also the first female of her race in the Deep South to hold a public office of such consequence. She was among eight African Americans sent to the state legislature in a special election in June 1965; they were the first to enter the lower house since the end of Reconstruction. Hamilton represented her district in mid-Atlanta continuously for the next eighteen years, becoming known to her peers as "the most effective woman legislator the state has ever had."--"Grace Towns Hamilton (1907-1992)," New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 10, 2008: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org.

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