All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Mrs. Smith Returns to Washington

A portrait of Senator Margaret Chase Smith was unveiled Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. The portrait was commissioned by the U.S. Senate Commission on Art in 2000, and was painted by Ronald Frontin of Thomaston.

Smith, a Skowhegan native, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and five terms in the Senate, from 1948 to 1972. She was the first woman nominated for the presidency by a major party, receiving 24 nominating votes at the 1964 Republican Convention. She died in 1995, at age 97 years.

A painting of Senator George Mitchell of Maine was unveiled earlier this year as part of the Senate Leadership Portrait Collection.
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