The Changed Face of American Politics
PEACE IN HER TIME
The first U.S. congresswoman (representing her native Montana) could vote for herself in 1916 but not for a presidential candidate.
Jeanette Rankin lost her next run after opposing America's entry into World War I. Her continued pacifism (above, in 1932, at age 51) led to a second term in 1940. She thereupon became the one lone legislator to vote against declaring war on Japan after Pearl harbor.