Elizabeth Hawley Gasque

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Elizabeth Hawley Gasque Van Exem
Elizabeth Hawley Gasque.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
September 13, 1938 – January 3, 1939
Preceded by Allard Henry Gasque
Succeeded by John L. McMillan
Personal details
Born February 26, 1886 or 1893
Blythewood, South Carolina
Died November 2, 1989 (aged 103 or 96)
Ridgeway, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Allard Henry Gasque
Alma mater Greenville Woman's College
Profession Author, lecturer

Elizabeth Gasque Van Exem (February 26, 1886/1893 – November 2, 1989), named Elizabeth Hawley Gasque during her tenure in Congress, was a Congresswoman from South Carolina, the first woman elected to Congress from that state.

She was elected to the House of Representatives on September 13, 1938, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Congressman Allard Henry Gasque. She never actually attended Congress, which was not in session during her months of office.

She served from 1938 to January 3, 1939 and was not a candidate for re-nomination. Mrs. Gasque later was an author and lecturer and if the 1886 birthdate is correct was the longest lived member of either the House of Representatives or the Senate. The Social Security death records say she was born in 1893, under her later married name of Van Exem.[1]

In 1982, a section of South Carolina state road was named the Elizabeth Gasque Van Exem Highway.



United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Allard Henry Gasque
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
John L. McMillan