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U.S. Senator Hattie Caraway Burial Site

The burial site of former U.S. Senator Hattie Carawayat Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro is the only existing property in Arkansas that is associated with the life of the first woman to ever be elected to United States Senate. After the sudden passing of her husband Thaddeus on November 6, 1931, Arkansas Governor Harvey Parnell appointed Hattie to serve in his seat until the next election. On December 9, 1931 she was sworn into office. On January 12, 1932 a special election was held and Hattie Caraway became the first woman ever elected to the United States Senate and continued to serve until her defeat in 1945. During her time in office, Hattie also became the first woman to chair a committee in the U.S. Senate and preside over a meeting of the U.S. Senate. On February 1, 2001, Hattie Caraway made history once again by becoming the first Arkansan to appear on a postal stamp. The 76-cent Hattie Caraway stamp is among the “Distinguished Americans” stamp series issued by the United States Postal Service.

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Oaklawn Cemetery, 2349 W. Matthews Avenue Lane, Jonesboro, Arkansas
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Crowley's Ridge Parkway