Eudochia Bell Smith

Eudochia Bell Smith was successful in three careers in a lifetime that spanned ninety years. In each of these careers—as a newspaper editor, a Colorado legislator, and director of a federal agency—she was always involved in public affairs. After moving from Texas to Colorado, she became women’s page editor for the Rocky Mountain News. Famous for her saucy hats and logical arguments, she then entered politics. While a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, she worked to improve conditions for delinquent youth and fought for food service regulations and pensions for the elderly. As only the third woman elected to the state Senate, she fought for the right of women to sit on juries. In 1946 President Harry Truman appointed Smith registrar of the U.S. District Land Office in Denver.



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