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Chase Going Woodhouse (March 3, 1890, Victoria, British Columbiamarker, Canada - December 12, 1984, New Canaan, Connecticutmarker) was an educator and Congresswoman from the Second Congressional District in Connecticutmarker. She was the second woman elected to Congress from Connecticut, and the first elected as a Democrat.

Woodhouse graduated from Science Hill School, Shelbyville, Kentuckymarker, 1908. She graduated from McGill Universitymarker, Montrealmarker, Canada, 1912. Woodhouse graduated from the University of Berlinmarker and the University of Chicagomarker and then served on the faculty of Smith Collegemarker, Northampton, Massachusettsmarker, 1918-1925 and the faculty of Connecticut Collegemarker, New London, Connecticutmarker, 1934-1946.

Woodhouse was a senior economist at the Bureau of Home Economics, United States Department of Agriculturemarker, 1926-1928. She was managing director of the Institute of Women’s Professional Relations at Connecticut Collegemarker from 1929 until 1946 and personnel director of the Woman’s College, University of North Carolina at Greensboromarker, from 1929 through 1934. During World War II she was a consultant for the National Roster of Scientific and Specialized Personnel, War Manpower Commission, 1942-1944. In Connecticut at that time, she was the Secretary of state in 1941 and 1942, chair of the New London, Democratic Town Committee in 1942 and 1943, and president of the Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs, 1943-1948.

Woodhouse was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947). She ran for reelection to the Eightieth Congress in 1946 but was defeated. While out of office, she was Executive Director of the women’s division of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), based in Washington, D.C.marker, in 1947 and 1948. She was also a visiting expert on the staff of General Lucius D. Clay, Allied Military Governor of Germany, in 1948.

Woodhouse was again elected to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1951) and again defeated for reelection to the Eighty-second Congress in 1950.

Woodhouse was special assistant to the Director of Price Stabilization, 1951-1953, and a member of the Connecticut state Constitutional Convention, 1965.

Woodhouse died December 12, 1984, in New Canaan, Connecticutmarker.


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