November 21, 1922: Rebecca Latimer Felton takes the oath of office as the first female US Senator. She had been appointed to fill out the term by the Governor, who himself was running in the next election and wanted no competition from the incumbent. He lost, however, and the incoming Senator allowed Felton to be sworn in. She held office for 24 hours. Latimer was an 87-year-old suffragette, a white supremist, and the last former slaveholder to serve in the Senate.