Coya Knutson

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Birthday
22, 1912
Birthplace
United States
Death Date
Oct 10, 1996 (84)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
22, 1912
Birthplace
United States
Death Date
Oct 10, 1996 (84)

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The first woman elected to Congress from Minnesota. She served in the US House Representative from 1951 to 1955, when her vindictive husband and political opponents teamed up to unseat her.

Before Fame

With a working-class background and no family in politics, she surprised everyone by handily defeating the six-term Republican incumbent.

Trivia

Her accomplishments in office were overshadowed by her husband's 'Coya Come Home' campaign, implying, falsely, she abandoned her family for her political ambitions.

Family Life

She sought refuge from her abusive husband in politics, and often had to wear dark glasses to hide her bruises from fellow member of Congress.

Associated With

Marcy Kaptur was another prominent female House of Representatives member, and one of the longest-serving House members.

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