Hattie was born on February 1, 1878, in Bakerville, Tennessee on a farm. Her full name was Hattie Ophelia Wyatt when she was born. Her father, William Carroll Wyatt, was a shoekeeper and a farmer. Her mother, Lucy Mildred Burch Wyatt, raised three children plus Hattie. When Hattie was just four years old, her family decided to move to Hustburg, Tennessee. That was where Hattie grew up. She worked on the family farm. She also waited on customers in her father’s general store. She was very smart for a girl in her time. Before attending Dickson Normal College at 14, she had already learned the alphabet.
It was at Dickson where she met her future husband, Thaddeus Horatio Caraway. He was also a student there but he …show more content…
She won it without the help of Huey Long. He was assassinated in 1935. She opposed Lend Lease, because she feared it could lead to war. She did much to help the grieving relatives of war victims once World War II was declared. In 1944, she lost the Democratic primary for her third term. But she did not retire from politics. She had been named to the Employees Compensation Commission by President Roosevelt, then later to the Employees Compensation Appeals Board.
In 1943, she approved and stood strongly by the Equal Rights Amendment. She once said “There is no sound reason why woman, if they have the time and ability, shouldn’t sit with men on city councils, in state legislatures, and on Capitol Hill. Particularly if they have the ability!”
Hattie Caraway had a stroke on December 21, 1950, and died at the age of 72. She died in Falls Church, Virginia. She served in the Senate from 1931 to 1945. She will always be remembered for her work, and being the first woman in the United States