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WAITT, MAUDE COMSTOCK - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

WAITT, MAUDE COMSTOCK (11 Aug. 1875-13 Dec. 1935), the first woman elected to the Ohio senate, where she served for 4 terms, was born in Middlebury, Vt. to Orvis and Mary Comstock, graduated from the Normal School at Vermont College, and afterwards taught school in Rockland, Mass. Shortly after her marriage to Walter G. Waitt around 1901, she and her husband came to Cleveland, living here from 1902-04, and then moving to Fremont, Ohio. They returned to Cleveland in 1916. Waitt became active in the woman's suffrage movement and served as a member of Lakewood City Council in 1921 and 1922. In 1922 she was elected to represent the 25th Ohio senatorial district as a Republican. After being reelected 3 times, she retired from the senate in 1930 because of poor health. She died in Lakewood. She and her husband had a daughter, Doris Ida.

Maude C. Waitt Scrapbook, WRHS.

Last Modified: 23 Jul 1997 10:40:06 AM

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