EDITH NOURSE ROGERS, 79, DIES; SERVED IN CONGRESS 35 YEARS
Representative Edith Nourse Rogers, who served in Congress thirty-five years, longer than any other woman, died this morning at Phillips House, Massachusetts General Hospital, after a short illness. She was 79 years old.
. . . Representative Rogers got into politics when her husband died on March 28, 1925, during his sixth term in the House. Three months after his death, Mrs. Rogers was elected to fill the unexpired term. Then 44 years old, she planned to serve only a few years.
Mrs. Rogers represented the Fifth District of Massachusetts, an area in the east-central section of the state where farming, suburban and industrial interests, including the manufacturing city of Lowell, are represented. She might have been described as an independent Republican who had strong appeal to veterans, labor and industry. She usually won by big majorities. During her long career in the House she was known as a strong champion of veterans' legislation.
. . .She played a major role in drafting the G.I. bill of Rights for veterans of World War II. It was she who introduced the bill that created the Women's Army Corps, the WAC. In recognition of her hard work on behalf of the G.I. Bill, president Franklin D. Roosevelt presented to her the pen with which he signed it.
New York Times, September 11, 1960.