Effiegene <I>Locke</I> Wingo

Effiegene Locke Wingo

Lockesburg, Sevier County, Arkansas, USA
Death 18 Aug 1962 (aged 79)
Burlington, Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Memorial ID 8804052 · View Source
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Democrat Representative from Arkansas. Born in Lockesburg, Sevier County, Arkansas. She attended Union Female College in Oxford, Mississippi, and in 1902 graduated from Maddox Seminary in Little Rock with a bachelor's degree in music. In October, 1902, she married Otis Theodore Wingo, a lawyer and banker. The couple had a daughter, Janie Blanche Wingo, and a son, Otis Wingo, Jr. They made their home in DeQueen until Otis, Sr., was elected to Congress as a Democrat to represent Arkansas's Fourth District. Her husband Congressman Otis Wingo died while in office from gall bladder surgery. On October 21, 1930, Effiegene was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband. She served from 1930 to 1933. Effiegene was the second woman from Arkansas to be elected to the United States Congress. She served as a member of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. When Federal Relief Funds and Red Cross monies were unavailable for the people of Arkansas, Effiegene collected food, donations, and medicine from the wealthy in order to give to those affected by the Great Depression. She helped establish a Veterans Hospital and Federal Building in Texarkana, Miller County, as well as numerous railroad bridges, highways and levees. She also acquired welfare grants and loans for home and school construction for those in the Fourth Congressional District. She was the co-founder of the National Institute of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Through the remainder of her life, she engaged in educational and research projects. Effiegene died in Burlington, Ontario, Canada at the age of 79.

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