Margaret Chase Smith, a Biography

Date: 
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Kendall Meeting Room, John C. Coombs Municipal Building at 13 School Street

Join us for……..”Margaret Chase Smith, a Biography”

Sponsored by the “Loose Ladies Book Club” & Bowdoinham Public Library

 

 

Illustrated Presentation by Dr. David Richards of the Margaret Chase Smith Library

October 18, 2018 at 1:00PM 

Coombs Municipal Building, Kendall Room

13 School St. Bowdoinham

Community Read: There are books on Margaret Chase Smith on loan at the library 666-8405

 Refreshments will be served.

This program will examine the life, career, and legacy of Margaret Chase Smith.  Born in Skowhegan in 1897 before women had the right to vote, she went on to serve in the US House of Representatives from 1940 to 1949 and the United States Senate from 1949 to 1973.  She came to national prominence in 1950 when she denounced McCarthyism in her famous “Declaration of Conscience” speech.  Much of her congressional work was done on such prominent committees as Appropriations, Armed Services, and Aeronautical and Space Sciences.  Along the way, she was considered as a vice presidential candidate in 1952 by Dwight Eisenhower and ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964.  She lost her only election in 1972 and then retired home to Skowhegan, where she oversaw the creation of the Margaret Chase Smith Library.  For the last dozen years of her life, this library was the forum where she was able to pass on her legacies of aspirations and service, especially to young people.