Margaret Chase Smith.

Author, politician, U.S. congresswoman, presidential candidate, Smith was born Margaret Madeline Chase on December 14, 1897, in Skowhegan, Maine. The wife of U.S. representative Clyde Smith, Margaret Chase Smith became an important political force in her own right in the twentieth century.

She announced her candidacy for President in January 1946 at the Women’s National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Smith was smart, powerful, and she came to politics by way of the wishes of her dying husband.

Learn more. Dobbs Productions and Jack Perkins share the biography of one of Maine’s most extraordinary citizens.

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