Carolyn Conn Moore

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Carolyn Conn Moore was an American politician from Franklin, Kentucky who became the first woman to serve in the Kentucky Senate when in November 1949 she won a special election to replace her husband, J. Lee Moore, in the legislature after his death.[1]


Carolyn Moore was married to J. Lee Moore who was an attorney and legislator.[1]

Kentucky Senate[edit]

After the death of her husband in 1949, Carolyn ran in a special election to fill her husband's seat in the 5th District seat representing Simpson County, Kentucky.

On March 25, 1950 the Kentucky General Assembly passed a motion that placed a plaque "on the desk occupied by Mrs. J. Lee Moore, the first woman member in the Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky." [2]

After she completed the term, she took a job with the Democratic National Headquarters. She traveled the country speaking to women about political issues.[1]

Later life and legacy[edit]

Later Moore worked as a recruiter for Belmont College in Tennessee. Moore moved to Tuscaloosa and worked as a housemother at Alpha Delta Gamma sorority. She continued working in politics through the League of Women Voters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Oswald, Sharon (5 January 1977). "From senate to housemother, Mrs. Moore is mother of 110". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa: The Tuscaloosa News. p. 8. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Legislative Moments; Carolyn Conn Moore". Digatal Collection. Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2010.