EventsJulia Butler Hansen: A Trailblazing Washington Politician

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Julia Butler Hansen: A Trailblazing Washington Politician

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM


For adults. Registration is currently closed, but spots may still be available. Contact librarian, Vicki Heck, for more information.

Julia Butler Hansen was the second woman and first female Democrat elected to the U.S. Congress from Washington State. Undefeated in 41 consecutive elections, she retired in 1974. Learn about her trailblazing career, spent championing issues like transportation, education, and women's rights. 

In her amazing career, Julia came to be known as “The Duchess of Cathlamet,” “The Sage of Wahkiakum County,” “The Little Old Lady in Logging Boots,” “Mrs. Highways,” or “Madame Queen.” Her name was recognizable enough that her campaign buttons eventually just said “Julia” in script, which is also how she was addressed by her constituents. Historian John Hughes’ presentation and biography examines the fascinating woman behind the nicknames. Hughes is the author of JULIA BUTLER HANSEN: A TRAILBLAZING WASHINGTON POLITICIAN and Ahead of the Curve.

In partnership with Mercer Island Historical Society.

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