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Ella T. Grasso

Ella T. GrassoAKA Ella Rose Tambussi Grasso

Born: 10-May-1919
Birthplace: Windsor Locks, CT
Died: 5-Feb-1981
Location of death: Hartford, CT
Cause of death: Cancer - Ovarian
Remains: Buried, St. Mary's Cemetery, Windsor Locks, CT

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First woman elected governor of Connecticut

Never lost an election.

Husband: Thomas A. Grasso (school principal; m. 1942)
Daughter: (b. 1948)
Son: (b. 1951)

    University: BA, Mount Holyoke College (1940)
    University: MA Sociology and Economics, Mount Holyoke College (1942)

    Governor of Connecticut (1975-80, resigned for health reasons)
    US Congressman, Connecticut 6th (1971-75)
    Connecticut Secretary of State (1959-71)
    Connecticut State House of Representatives (1953-57)
    Democratic National Committee 1956-58
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 1981 (posthumous)
    Time Person of the Year 1975, American Women
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    League of Women Voters
    Urban League
    Italian Ancestry


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