Dixie Graves Made By: Keliah Foster

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  • When did Dixie Graves serve in the U.S. Senate for 5 months?

    When did Dixie Graves serve in the U.S. Senate for 5 months?
    Dixie Bibb Graves (1882-1965) served in the U.S. Senate for five months from 1937 to 1938, a position to which she was appointed by her husband, Gov. Bibb Graves to fill the seat of Hugo Black. Known as "Miss Dixie" by most Alabamians, Graves was an early advocate for women's rights who supported drafting women in times of war, participated in the Alabama suffrage movement, and was the first of only two women to have represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate.
  • When did Dixie Graves travel to the various political gatherings to hear her husband speak and later served as a guest speaker herself?

    When did Dixie Graves travel to the various political gatherings to hear her husband speak and later served as a guest speaker herself?
    Early in their marriage, Graves traveled to various political gatherings to hear her husband speak and later served as a guest speaker herself. Graves declared herself "a lifelong Democrat." She was a member of the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association and had lobbied the state legislature in support of the Anthony Amendment to give women the right to vote. In addition, Graves served as president of the League of Women's Voter.
  • When did she become the first lady of Alabama

    When did she become the first lady of Alabama
    26, 1882 – January 21, 1965) was a First Lady from the state of Alabama, and the first woman United States Senator from Alabama.
  • When was Dixie Grave born outside of Alabama

    When was Dixie Grave born outside of Alabama
    Dixie Bibb was born on July 26, 1882, outside Montgomery, Alabama to Peyton and Isabel Thorpe Bibb on the family plantation. After attending the public schools, in 1900, at the age of 18, she married state legislator and first cousin David Bibb Graves.[1]
  • Dixie Graves Children

    Born in Lawrenceville, Virginia, USA on 10 Jan 1920 to Stephen Brown and Dixie Graves. Julia Hannah married Jesse James Thomas and had 6 children. She passed away in Laurelton, New York, USA.
  • Dixie Graves husband

    Dixie Graves husband
    Appointed on August 20, 1937, as a Democrat by her husband, Governor Bibb Graves, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hugo L. Black, Graves was the first woman Senator from Alabama, and the first married woman to serve in the Senate (all the others had been widows). She served from August 20, 1937, until her resignation on January 10, 1938. [3]
  • When did Vice President John Nance Garner asked Graves to chair the Senate, apparently a first for women?

    When did Vice President John Nance Garner asked Graves to chair the Senate, apparently a first for women?
    In the following weeks, Vice President John Nance Garner asked Graves to chair the Senate, apparently a first for women. During her term, she voted in support of New Deal programs directed at agriculture, crop control, and labor policy. Several months later, in a speech before a group of Washington women, Graves compared running the national government to housekeeping on a larger scale.
  • When did Dixie Graves step in the national spotlight?

    When did Dixie Graves step in the national spotlight?
    ixie Graves stepped into the national spotlight in August 1,1937, during her husband's second term as governor of Alabama. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt had appointed Alabama U.S. senator Hugo L. Black to the Supreme Court that month, setting the stage for an historical event in Alabama, the appointment of a new junior senator. Following Black's departure from the Senate, Governor Graves was empowered to appoint an interim senator until a special election could be held.
  • How did Dixie Graves become a civic leader?

    How did Dixie Graves become a civic leader?
    Graves became a civic leader. She was a trustee of Alabama Boys’ Industrial School in Birmingham and president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy from 1915 to 1917. She was active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the women’s suffrage movement.[2]
  • When did she resigned the position for Lister Hill?

    When did she resigned the position for Lister Hill?
    On January 10, 1938, as she resigned her position following the election of Lister Hill to the seat, she made another speech on the Senate floor. She thanked everyone who helped during her term in office, and Senate members responded with glowing comments about her five-month tenure. Graves returned to Alabama and the governor's mansion, where she enjoyed spending time in the gardens and working in and supervising the plantings at the mansion.
  • When did Dixie Graves recruit Women's Army Corp

    When did Dixie Graves recruit Women's Army Corp
    Graves was active in many causes, including public welfare, health, and education. During World War II, she recruited for the Women's Army Corp (WACs), and worked for the Red Cross and the United Service Organizations (USO). One WAC group was designated as the Dixie Bibb Graves Unit.
  • Dixie Graves When She Died

    Dixie Graves When She Died
    Graves died in Montgomery, Montgomery County Alabama on January 21, 1965 (age 82 years old/179 days).
  • Facts about Dixie Graves

    Facts about Dixie Graves
    Dixie Bibb was born on July 26, 1882, on a plantation near Montgomery, Alabama, to Payton and Isabel Bibb. The family was long associated with Alabama politics. Two of her ancestors had served as the first and second state governors. Dixie was raised with an orphaned cousin, Bibb Graves, and the two married in 1900 after Bibb Graves graduated from Harvard University and was serving as a state legislator. Although Dixie Graves's political power was clearly derivative, she boasted a long career.