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 Maude Edith <I>Comstock</I> Waitt

Maude Edith Comstock Waitt

Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 13 Dec 1935 (aged 57)
Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Cremated in Cleveland 15 Dec 1935
Memorial ID 66427972 · View Source
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First woman elected to the state Senate of Ohio, she served from 1920 to 1933. She was an active Senator with the respect of her colleagues. Her activity in the legislature is published in many newspaper articles throughout Ohio during her service.

As a young woman in Vermont, she finished at Middlebury High School, following that with Normal School (teacher training) at Vermont College. In 1900, she was living in Massachusetts and working as a dressmaker, possibly just prior to entering the teaching profession. By 1903, she met and married Walter Gustavus Waitt, a Boston native who completed his education at Harvard University. Prior to 1910, the couple moved to Ohio and had a daughter, Doris (Dora) Ida. Walter's career involved battery production as plant manager at the National Carbon Company, then VP and production Manager of the Twin Dry Cell Battery Company of Cleveland. Maude was very active in the community of Cuyahoga County, promoting a successful plan for Civics classes, actively leading in the cause for women's suffrage, organizing war-time support for Liberty Bond and Red Cross drives, public speaking engagements, Republican Party activities, serving on City Council, and more. She was requested by the Citizens' Committee to run for state Senate in 1922 and won the seat. As Senator, she introduced five bills, all of which passed. (Source: A history of Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland, Vol. II, pp. 25-26, by William R. Coates; pub. 1924 by The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York)

Library of Congress record:
LC Control No.: 27027120, book
Corporate Name: Ohio. General assembly. Joint committee on prisons and reformatories.
Main Title: The penal problem in Ohio.
Published: Columbus, Ohio, The F. J. Heer Printing co., 1926.
Waitt, Maude C. and
Doll, Edgar Arnold, 1889-
Related Titles: Statistical analysis of population data for 500 recent entrants, Ohio Penitentiary.
Description:62 p. tables (1 fold.) diagr. 25 cm.

Her occupation noted on the death certificate is "Housewife." Her physician saw her on December 10, and he recorded that the onset of her heart disease had possibly begun years earlier. She died at her home at 13464 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, about 6 a.m., with a contributing pulmonary embolus about six hours before that. Concerns over her health may have contributed to her retirement from politics in 1933. [State of Ohio Death Certificate, Cuyahoga County, Registration Distribct No. 8119, File No. 72050, Registered No. 555]

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