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January 01, 2010

Friday Night Trivia

Huey Long, his wife Rose McConnell Long, and their son Russell Long all served in the U.S. Senate.

Frances Bolton (R-OH) and Oliver Bolton (R-OH) are the only mother and son to ever serve concurrently in the House of Representatives. Oliver was first elected in 1952; his mother was first elected in a special 1940 election to replace her deceased husband (and Oliver's father.) Frances' grandfather - Henry B. Payne - also served one term in both the US House and US Senate.

Rep. Jeremiah Haralson (R-AL) was the only member of Congress to be killed and eaten by wild animals.

Arizona is the only state to have had four female governors and is also the only state where one female governor has directly succeeded another.

Hiram Fong (R-HI) was the first Chinese-American elected to the US Congress when he became a senator in 1959.

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole, elected in 1903 as a delegate from the territory of Hawaii, was the only person elected to Congress who held a valid (by birth) "royal" title.

These trivia are from the Almanac of Women and Minorities in American Politics by Mart Martin.


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