By Amy Schapiro
Amy Schapiro has written the 1st biography of Millicent Fenwick, the preferred and colourful New Jersey congresswoman. Affectionately remembered because the pipe-smoking grandmother who served because the version for Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury personality Lacey Davenport, Fenwick defied such simplistic expectancies to develop into, within the phrases of Walter Cronkite, “the moral sense of Congress.”
Born in 1910 into cozy situations, Fenwick confronted tragedy at an early age whilst her mom was once misplaced within the sinking of the Lusitania. Following an upper-class youth and a failed marriage, she begun a fourteen-year profession at Vogue journal.
In the Sixties, Fenwick turned excited by the civil rights move and participated in neighborhood and nation politics in New Jersey. Blessed with awesome attractiveness and a pointy wit, she minimize a glamorous determine, emerging fast throughout the ranks of the nation Republican social gathering at a time while such a lot of her friends have been retiring. whilst this colourful, outspoken figure—one of simply 5 New Jersey ladies ever elected to Congress— went to Washington in 1974 at age sixty-four, her victory used to be portrayed through the media as a “geriatric triumph.”
Schapiro’s large interviews with Fenwick’s son, Hugh, who granted her specific rights to Fenwick’s own papers, oral histories, letters, and pictures, supply infrequent perception into the existence and occupation of 1 of America’s such a lot memorable politicians.
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