Lena Springs

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Lena Jones Wade Springs (March 22, 1883 - May 17, 1942) was the first woman placed in nomination for Vice President of the United States at a political convention. She was nominated at the 1924 Democratic National Convention.

A native of Pulaski, Tennessee, she attended public schools, followed by Sullins College and post-graduate work at Virginia College in Roanoke. She became chairman of the English Department at Queens College in Charlotte, and married Col. Leroy Springs in 1913, a second marriage for both.

An enthusiastic supporter of women's rights, she became a Democratic National Committeewoman in 1922, and served as chairman of the Credentials Committee in 1924. While her being supported for the vice presidential nomination was in essence a gesture, she received some votes in the election process, variously given as several,[1] over 50,[2] and 44.[3]

She died on May 18, 1942, and is buried in Pulaski, Tennessee.


  1. ^ Firsts for Women in U.S. Politics, Center for American Women and Politics "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2015-03-14. 
  2. ^ Lena Springs
  3. ^ Our Campaigns - Candidate - Lena Jones Wade (Mrs. Leroy) Springs