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Carolyn Pendray papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1150

Scope and Contents

The Carolyn Pendray papers date from 1932 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The papers contain a campaign card from Pendray's 1932 campaign for state senator, the scrapbook created from a house bill book including newspaper clippings of causes Pendray supported, along with a brief biography of her life.


  • Creation: 1932


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1881, Carolyn Pendray was an educator and politician in the state of Iowa. Pendray taught in rural schools, and in Des Moines. In 1912, she became County Superintendent of Schools for Henry County, and continued in that position for seven years. Just two years after women became eligible to sit in the Iowa's Legislature, Pendray was elected as a Democrat to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1928, where she served two terms. She was then elected to the Iowa Senate in 1932, where she again served two terms. Pendray supported bills which promoted the equality of women and was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. She died in 1958 and was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1978.


0.25 linear inches

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First woman elected to the Iowa General Assembly, representing Jackson County in both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 300) were donated.

Emma Barton-Norris
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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