Katherine G. Langley

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Katherine Emeline Langley (Gudger)

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James M. Gudger, Jr. and Katie Yancey Hawkins
Wife of John W. Langley
Sister of Emmet Carlyle Gudger

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About Katherine G. Langley


Katherine Gudger Langley (14 February 1888 – 15 August 1948) was an American politician. Langley was member of United States House of Representatives from Kentucky during the Seventieth and Seventy-first sessions of Congress. She was the wife of John W. Langley and daughter of James M. Gudger, Jr. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Kentucky.

Family life, education and career

Langley was born near Marshall, NC in Madison County, NC on 14 February 1888. She graduated from the Woman’s College, Richmond, VA and attended Emerson College of Oratory, Boston, MA.

Langley taught at the Virginia Institute at Bristol, TN before moving to Pikeville, KY in 1905. She held numerous appointed and elected public positions including vice chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of Kentucky 1920-1922, the first chairman of the Kentucky Woman’s Republican State Committee in 1920, alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1920 and delegate in 1924, chairman of the Pike County Red Cross Society during the First World War.

Langley was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a representative from Kentucky during the Seventieth and Seventy-first sessions of Congress, serving from 4 March 1927 through 3 March 1931.

Langley died in Pikeville, Kentucky, on 15 August 1948.

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