U.S. Senate Historical Office
1922: Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States senator. 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 allowed Felton to be sworn in and serve one day before he officially took 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.