ASU Honors Senator Hattie Caraway Today

OCTOBER 24, 2005 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - It's Senator Hattie Caraway Day at Arkansas State University.  Caraway, a longtime Jonesboro resident, was the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

Caraway was appointed to the Senate, first, to serve out the term of her husband, who had died in office.  But at the end of that term, she sought and won a term in the Senate in her own right, in 1932, and then was re-elected six years later.

Today, the university will recognize her achievements with a forum at the student union auditorium.  Participants will include a member of the Memphis City Council, several historians, the director of the Honors College at Ole Miss, a Jonesboro council member, and other academians.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)