Owen, Ruth Bryan

1937 ALS from the south’s 1st Congresswoman, 1st woman US ambassador, author

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(1885-1954) Daughter of Wm. Jennings Bryan, in 1929 became Florida’s (and the South's) 1st Congresswoman. 1st woman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and, in 1933, 1st woman appointed a US Ambassador. Served as a nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment in the Egypt-Palestine campaign 1915-18, an administrator at the University of Miami 1925-28. She lost the 1926 Democratic nomination for Florida's 4th Congressional District by less than 800 votes. She ran again in 1928 and was elected, serving 1929-33. She was defeated for re-nomination in 1932 by a candidate advocating repeal of the unpopular 18th Amendment. President Roosevelt appointed her Ambassador to Denmark, serving 1933-36. When she married a Danish Captain of the King's Guard, this gave her dual citizenship so she resigned her post in September. She was a delegate to the San Francisco Conference which established the United Nations after WW II. In 1948, President Truman named her an alternate delegate to the UN General Assembly. She wrote: “Elements of Public Speaking” (1931); “Leaves from a Greenland Diary” (1935); “Denmark Caravan” (1936); “Picture Tales from Scandinavia” (1939); “The Castle in the Silver Wood and Other Scandinavian Fairy Tales” (1939); “Look Forward, Warrior” (1942); and, “Caribbean Caravel” (1949). ALS, Los Angeles, November 29 1937, 1-3/4pp (both sides of a 10 ½ x 7 ¼ sheet), to Mr. Stevenot, an old acquaintance. Owen thanks him for his kind message and thoughts of her. Owen has recovered from her accident of last year and is enjoying a most delightful tour of California. If she should be near his neighborhood, she will “…call and renew of [sic] our acquaintance so pleasantly begun some years ago.”

Condition: Good, two folds (bottom one passes thru signature), mount remnants on verso at top
Type:Letter






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