Georgia Olive Cozzini (February 14, 1915 – October 10, 1983) was an American socialist politician. She is best remembered as the first woman to run for Governor of Wisconsin and for two consecutive runs as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Socialist Labor Party of America, appearing on the ballot in 1956 and 1960.
Georgia Cozzini was born Georgia Olive Purvis on February 14, 1915 in Springfield, Missouri.
She married Artemio Cozzini, who invented the hollow-cup knife grinding machine, in 1936 and the pair settled in Artemio's home town, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The couple had two children, Bruce (born 1936) and Gina (born 1945).
Cozzini was an active member of the Socialist Labor Party (SLP). She was the first woman to run for Governor of Wisconsin, heading the state SLP ticket in 1942. She ran for this office again in 1970 and 1974.
Cozzini ran twice for the United States Senate in Wisconsin, appearing as part of the SLP slate in 1946 and again in 1958.
Death and legacy
Georgia Cozzini died on October 10, 1983. As requested, her husband Artemio, son Bruce, granddaughter Cati, and grandson Bill spread her ashes on the Northern Wisconsin Lake where the family had spent many summers vacationing. Great-grandsons include Ned Greiner, 13 and Tommy, 18.
- Melvin Purvis was her distant cousin.
- "Socialist Labor Party Like the Poor Always With Us," Tri-City Herald, [Pasco, WA], November 5, 1956, pg. 3. Accessed February 18, 2010.
- Georgia Cozzini, 1956 television campaign speech on YouTube. Video. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
- Georgia Cozzini: A Socialist Heart
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