Boggs, Lindy, 1916-2013

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Marie Corinne Morrison "Lindy" Claiborne Boggs (March 13, 1916 – July 27, 2013) was a United States politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later as United States Ambassador to the Holy See. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. She was also a permanent chairwoman of the 1976 Democratic National Convention, which met in New York City to nominate the Carter-Mondale ticket. She was the first woman to preside over a major party convention.

Born Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, she was educated by a series of private tutors before graduating from Newcomb College, the women's college at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1935. A history and education major, she was an editor of the student newspaper, and in that capacity met her future husband, Hale Boggs, who was then the paper’s general editor. She married Boggs on January 22, 1938, a short time before he graduated from law school. After Hale Boggs embarked on his political career, Lindy Boggs served as his chief political adviser. She set up her husband’s district office in New Orleans, orchestrated his re-election campaigns, canvassed voters, arranged for her husband’s many social gatherings, and often acted as his political surrogate as demands on his time became greater the further he climbed in the House leadership.

On an October 1972 campaign trip in Alaska, Boggs’s plane disappeared; the wreckage was never found. Hale Boggs won re-election three weeks later, but the House was forced to declare the seat vacant on January 3, 1973. With her experience and keen knowledge of the district, Lindy Boggs declared her candidacy a little more than a week later for the March 20 special election with no hesitation. She easily defeated her Republican challenger; she would go on to be easily re-elected to eight more terms.

In July 1990, at age 74, Lindy Boggs announced that she would not be a candidate for re-election to the 102nd Congress. After leaving Congress in January 1991, Boggs did not retire from the political spotlight. She maintained homes in Washington, DC, and New Orleans, and wrote her autobiography. The House named a room off the National Statuary Hall for her, the Lindy Claiborne Boggs Congressional Women’s Reading Room, in July 1991. In 1997, President William J. (Bill) Clinton appointed the 81-year-old as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, where she served until 2001. On July 27, 2013, she passed away in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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referencedIn Louchheim, Katie, 1903-. Katie Louchheim papers, 1906-1991 (bulk 1942-1968). Library of Congress
referencedIn Candidates for public office campaign materials, 1966-1976 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records of the Women's Equity Action League, 1966-1979 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Katie Louchheim Papers, 1906-1991, (bulk 1942-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Records, (inclusive), (bulk), 1959-2002, 1966-1998 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records, 1967-1990 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Boggs, Lindy, 1916-. Hale Boggs and Lindy Boggs papers, 1939-2006. Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
referencedIn Arnold family. Papers, 1926-1976. New Orleans public library
referencedIn George and Mabel Simmons papers Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
creatorOf Boggs, Lindy, 1916-. Lindy Boggs letters, 1974-1978. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Records of the Forest Service. 1870 - 2008. Moving Images Relating to Activities in Alaska. 1940 - 2005. Begich-Boggs Visitor Center Dedication National Archives at College Park
referencedIn National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Office of Field Director of Louisiana. Records. 1964-1976. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
creatorOf Boggs, Lindy. And (economic) justice for all, the need for the Economic Equity Act. : remarks / by Lindy Boggs. University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research
referencedIn 1977 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection, 1977 Archive of Folk Culture (U.S.)
referencedIn Community Relations Council of Greater New Orleans (1962- ). Records 1965-1977. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn New Orleans (La.). City Council. Papers of District "E" councilmen, 1966-1987 1974-1985. New Orleans public library
referencedIn National Organization for Women. Records, 1959-2002 (inclusive), 1966-1988 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Boggs, Lindy, 1916-. Lindy Boggs : commercials , 1984 University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn John Chase papers Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
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associatedWith American Bar Association. corporateBody
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spouseOf Boggs, Hale, 1914-1972. person
associatedWith Community Relations Council of Greater New Orleans (1962- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Long, Russell B. person
correspondedWith Louchheim, Katie, 1903- person
associatedWith McCormack, John W., 1891-1980. person
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Office of Field Director of Louisiana. corporateBody
associatedWith National Association of Women Lawyers. corporateBody
associatedWith National Organization for Women. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Newcomb College corporateBody
associatedWith New Orleans (La.). City Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Pruett, Jakie Lee, person
parentOf Roberts, Cokie, 1943-2019 person
memberOf United States. Congress. House corporateBody
employeeOf United States. Department of State corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Embassy (Vatican City) corporateBody
associatedWith University of Oklahoma. Political Commercial Archive. corporateBody
correspondedWith Women's Equity Action League corporateBody
correspondedWith Women's Equity Action League corporateBody
correspondedWith Women's Equity Action League corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Pointe Coupee Parish LA US
Chevy Chase MD US
New Orleans LA US
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Birth 1916-03-13

Death 2013-07-27

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