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Caroline Love Goodwin O'Day (June 22, 1875 Perrymarker, Houston County, Georgiamarker - January 4, 1943 Ryemarker, Westchester County, New Yorkmarker) was an American politician. She was the third woman, and first woman Democrat, elected to Congress from New Yorkmarker.


She graduated from Lucy Cobb Institute in Athens, Georgiamarker. She studied art in Parismarker, Munichmarker, and Holland. In 1901, she married Daniel O'Day.

She was President of the Rye School Board. She was a commissioner of the State Board of Social Welfare from 1923 to 1934.

She was vice chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee from 1916 to 1920, and Associate Chairman from 1923 to 1942. She was a delegate to the 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1924 Democratic National Conventions.

In 1934, 1936, 1938 and 1940, O'Day was elected at-large as a Democrat to the 74th, 75th, 76th and 77th United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1943. While in the House she was Chairwoman of the Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (75th through 77th Congresses). Among the legislation she sponsored or co-sponsored was the Wagner-O'Day Act, the predecessor to the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act.

She was buried at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New Yorkmarker.


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