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Gladys Pyle

Gladys Pyle

Portrait of Gladys Pyle

The first woman to be elected to the senate without being previously appointed to the United States Congress. She ​​​was also the first woman to hold a congressional office in South Dakota. Her mother, Mary Isabella "Mamie" Shields Pyle, was very active in the national women’s suffrage movement.


A collection of research done by Jeanette Kinyon and Jean Walz about Pyle’s career as a politician - available at Briggs Library at South Dakota State University; these are also available at University of South Dakota in Vermilion. 

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