U.S. Senate Historical Office
1922: Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States senator. 1922: Felton was appointed by Georgia Gov. Thomas W. Hardwick to fill a vacancy created by the death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson. Despite former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Walter F. George winning the seat in a special election, George allows Felton to be sworn in and serve one day before he officially takes office, making her the shortest serving senator in U.S. history. At 87 years old, 9 months and 22 days, she was also the oldest freshman senator to enter the Senate.