Cora Reynolds Anderson

A woman poses for a photograph from the neck up.
1924 Anderson campaign press release photograph.

Associated Press

Born in L’Anse, Michigan, in 1882, Cora Reynolds Anderson was the first woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, serving from 1925 to 1926. Reynolds-Anderson is believed to be the only Native American woman elected to the Michigan House. Educated as a teacher at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, she taught at schools near her home in the Upper Peninsula for a few years. Her community involvement in education, health, and economy led to her effective involvement in politics; her race saw very high voter turnout in her district.

To learn more about Cora Reynolds Anderson:

Michigan Woman's Hall of Fame

Portrait unveiled of first woman to serve in michigan house (news story)

Women Who Dared: Cora Reynolds Anderson

Last updated: March 13, 2019

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