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Helen Gahagan Douglas

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Helen Gahagan Douglas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1951
Preceded byThomas F. Ford
Succeeded bySamuel W. Yorty
Personal details
Helen Gahagan

(1900-11-25)November 25, 1900
Boonton, New Jersey, USA
DiedJune 28, 1980(1980-06-28) (aged 79)
New York City, New York, USA
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Melvyn Douglas (1931-1980)
RelationsIlleana Douglas (step-granddaughter)
ChildrenMary Helen Douglas (daughter) Peter Gahagan Douglas (son)
Alma materBarnard College
OccupationActress and politician

Helen Gahagan Douglas (November 25, 1900 – June 28, 1980) was an American actress and politician. She was the third woman and first Democratic woman elected to Congress from California.

Her election made California one of the first two states to elect female members to the House from both parties.

Gahagan died on in New York City, New York from breast cancer and lung cancer, aged 79.

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