Women's Historic Firsts: Democratic National Convention gavel

Jaclyn Nash
March 7, 2018
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Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, usually known as Lindy Boggs (March 13, 1916 – July 27, 2013), served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later as United States Ambassador to the Holy See. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. She was also a permanent chair of the 1976 Democratic National Convention, the first woman to preside over a major party convention.

Boggs used this gavel, engraved with gold accents, to preside over the 1976 Democratic Convention in New York City.

Photo by Jaclyn Nash / Smithsonian's National Museum of American History


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