Chase G. Woodhouse

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Chase Going Woodhouse
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded by John D. McWilliams
Succeeded by Horace Seely-Brown, Jr.
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by Horace Seely-Brown, Jr.
Succeeded by Horace Seely-Brown, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1890-03-03)March 3, 1890
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Died December 12, 1984(1984-12-12) (aged 94)
New Canaan, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Edward Woodhouse
Children Noel Woodhouse

Margaret Woodhouse

Alma mater McGill University
University of Berlin
University of Chicago

Chase Going Woodhouse (March 3, 1890 - December 12, 1984) was an educator and Congresswoman from the Second Congressional District in Connecticut. She was the second woman elected to Congress from Connecticut, and the first elected as a Democrat.


Woodhouse was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and graduated from Science Hill School, Shelbyville, Kentucky, 1908. She graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1912, and from the University of Berlin and the University of Chicago. While serving as a fellow in political economics at the University of Chicago, Chase Going met and married a professor of government, Edward Woodhouse. They had two children, Noel and Margaret.[1]


Woodhouse served on the faculty of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, from 1918 to 1925. She was on the faculty of Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, from 1934 to 1946. She was a senior economist at the Bureau of Home Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, from 1926 to 1928. She was managing director of the Institute of Women’s Professional Relations at Connecticut College from 1929 until 1946 and personnel director of the Woman’s College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from 1929 through 1934.

During World War II Woodhouse was a consultant for the National Roster of Scientific and Specialized Personnel, War Manpower Commission, from 1942 to 1944. In Connecticut at that time, she was the Connecticut Secretary of the State in 1941 and 1942, and served as chair of the New London, Democratic Town Committee in 1942 and 1943. She was president of the Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs, from 1943 to 1948.

Woodhouse was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress and served from January 3, 1945 to January 3, 1947. She ran for reelection to the Eightieth Congress in 1946 but was defeated. While out of office, she was Executive Director of the women’s division of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), based in Washington, D.C., in 1947 and 1948. She was also a visiting expert on the staff of General Lucius D. Clay, Allied Military Governor of Germany, in 1948.[2]

Again elected to the Eighty-first Congress, Woodhouse served from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1951[3] and was again defeated for reelection to the Eighty-second Congress in 1950. She was special assistant to the Director of Price Stabilization, from 1951 to 1953, and a member of the Connecticut state Constitutional Convention, 1965.


Woodhouse died on December 12, 1984, at age 94 years, 284 days, in New Canaan, Connecticut. She was cremated, and the location of her ashes is unknown.[4]


  1. ^ "Chase Going Woodhouse". Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chase Going Woodhouse". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chase Going Woodhouse". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chase Going Woodhouse". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

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