Ella T. Grasso (1919-1981)
First woman in the nation to be elected governor in her own right (Inducted 1994)
Ella Tambussi Grasso was voted into the state’s General Assembly in 1952 and became governor of the State of Connecticut in 1974, the nation’s first woman elected to that office her own right. In 1942, she married Thomas Grasso and joined the League of Women Voters. One year later, she began working for the Connecticut Democratic Party as a speechwriter. She was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly from 1952 to 1957. For the next twelve yeras, she was Connecticut's Secretary of the State. In 1970, she was elected to the first of two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Congress, she served on the Education and Labor and the Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Her childhood home is located at 12 Olive Street in Windsor Locks.
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