Senator Carolyn Campbell Pendray View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 11/23/1958
Birth Place: Mt. Pleasant, IA
Birth County: Henry
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 45 (1933) - 46 (1935)
House: 43 (1929) - 44 (1931)
Home County: Jackson
Carolyn Campbell Pendray
Jackson County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Carolyn Campbell Pendray of Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, begs leave to submit the following:

Mrs. Pendray was born at Mount Pleasant on December 9, 1881, the daughter of the late Thomas Franklin Campbell and Harriett Emily Dutton. She was married in 1920 to W. J. Pendray, a merchant in Maquoketa.

Her professional record of twenty-three years of teaching included seven years as County Superintendent of Schools of Henry County, and teaching of methods in summer school sessions at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Mrs. Pendray was the first woman to serve in the Iowa legislature and the only woman to serve in both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Senate. She was elected to office in 1928, 1930 and 1932.

Mrs. Pendray was a Democrat. She worked for legislation on women’s rights and education. She was a member of the P.E.O., the D.A.R., and the Congregational church.

Death came to Mrs. Pendray on November 23, 1958, and she was buried at Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Fifty-eighth General Assembly: That in the passing of the Honorable Carolyn Campbell Pendray the state has lost an able and honored citizen, and by this resolution tenders its sincere sympathy to the surviving members of her family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread on the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward enrolled copies to the members of her family.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.