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Hon. Veronica Grace Boland (Barrett)

Birthplace: Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: June 19, 1982 (83)
Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Wife of Hon. Patrick Joseph Boland

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About Hon. Veronica Grace Boland

Veronica Grace Boland (March 18, 1899 – June 19, 1982) was the first woman from Pennsylvania to serve in the United States Congress. A Democrat, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 77th Session of Congress.

Formative years

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1899, Veronica Grace Barrett[5] was a daughter of Patrick and Winifred Barrett, who had emigrated from Ireland.[6] She married Patrick J. Boland.[7]

She was educated in the public schools of her community at the Scranton Technical High School.[8]

Political career and later life

Veronica Boland was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress,[9][10] by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the May 18, 1942 heart attack-related death of her husband on the morning before he would have won the Pennsylvania primary election (a victory which would have sent him to the U.S House for a second term). Urged by leaders of the Democratic Party to fill her husband's seat, she ran unopposed and won the seat on November 3 of that year, during the first congressional elections to be held following America's entry into World War II.[11][12]

Sworn in on November 19, 1942, she represented Pennsylvania's 11th District[13] only until Congress adjourned its 77th session on December 16, 1942, choosing to retire rather than become a candidate for reelection in 1942.[14][15]

After returning to Scranton, she worked as an executive secretary for the Dutch Manufacturing Company, but retired from that position in 1957 when health issues required that she undergo eye surgery.[16]

Death and interment

Boland died in Scranton on June 19, 1982.[17] She was buried at that city's Cathedral Cemetery.[18] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_Grace_Boland

US Congresswoman. She was married to Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick J. Boland. When he died suddenly in office in May 1942, she ran for his vacant seat, and was elected as a Democrat to represent Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She served from November 1942 to January 1943, and chose to not run for a full term.

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Hon. Veronica Grace Boland's Timeline

March 18, 1899
Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
June 19, 1982
Age 83
Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA