Frances Payne Bolton was a prominent supporter of nursing education and historic preservation. She is the namesake for Case Western Reserve`s nursing school and was Ohio`s first congresswoman. After his abrupt passing in 1939, Frances Payne Bolton ran in a special election to fill the position. When she won, she became Ohio`s first female member of the House of Representatives.


Frances Payne Bolton was a prominent supporter of nursing education and historic preservation. She is the namesake for Case Western Reserve`s nursing school and was Ohio`s first congresswoman. After his abrupt passing in 1939, Frances Payne Bolton ran in a special election to fill the position. When she won, she became Ohio`s first female member of the House of Representatives. The Bolton Act was passed in 1943, which set up the US Cadet Nurse Corps, in order to train nurses for military and civilian roles in wartime. It also provided a 5-million-dollar federal funding to enable women to become nurses. Some of the legislation that she passed included a bill that would end discrimination against male nurses. Another bill that she passed would change the law so that female nurses in the military received the same rank and pay as male officers. Bolton joined the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and became the first woman to lead a Congressional delegation on a 20,000-mile tour of Africa in 1947. She also served as the vice regent for Ohio of the Mount Vernon Ladies` Association, which continues to protect, preserve and educate people about Mount Vernon. Frances Payne Bolton died on March 9th, 1977, 20 days short of her 92nd birthday, she is buried in Section 9 Lot 40 at Lake View Cemetery in her hometown of Cleveland Ohio. 

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