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Ruth Hanna McCormick in 1929

Ruth Hanna McCormick in 1929

Ruth Hanna McCormick was a newspaper publisher from Rockford, Illinois who served as a Member of Congress at large from 1929 to 1931 and was a one-time suffragist campaigner and pioneer among women politicians. She was the daughter of Ohio political boss Mark Hanna and she married Sen. Joseph Medill McCormick who was a part owner of the Chicago Tribune. In a terrible tragedy, Sen. McCormick was deeply depressed by his GOP primary loss to former Gov. Charles S. Deneen in the election of 1924 and he committed suicide in his Washington, DC hotel suite just a few days before his Senate term was set to expire in February 1925. Sen. Deneen later served as president of the Illinois State Society of DC from 1928 to 1930. After a few years as a widow, Mrs. Ruth Hanna McCormick later married a second time to Congressman Albert Gallatin Simms of New Mexico.

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