The Arizona Daily Star publishes a series of articles written by Tucson author and historian Jan Cleere, recognizing Arizona women who made their mark in the early history of the territory and the state. Some of them confronted extraordinary circumstances while others were known for their adventuresome spirits, all seeking new frontiers to explore, enrich and conquer. The articles will appear monthly and can be accessed at azstarnet.com.
August 16, 2016:
Isabella Dinsmore Selmes was born in Kentucky March 22, 1886. After her father’s death, she and her mother moved to New York City where she became a lifelong friend of one of her schoolmates, Eleanor Roosevelt, probably sparking an interest in politics that lasted the rest of her life. Isabella would attain one of the highest pinnacles in politics open to women at the time, a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as Arizona’s first women in Congress. . . .. Read more . . .
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