Notable Oregonians: Nan Wood Honeyman - Congresswoman

photograph of Nan Wood Honeyman with white floral corsage
Nan Wood Honeyman, 1881-1970. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
Nan Wood Honeyman was born in West Point, Orange County, New York on July 15, 1881, the daughter of Charles Erskine Scott Wood and Nanny Moale Wood. She moved with her parents three years later to Portland, Oregon where she graduated from the private school, St. Helens Hall, in 1898. Her education continued later at Finch School in New York City.
She married David Honeyman in 1908 and was active in civic and humanitarian organizations before becoming involved in politics. Honeyman served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1933, which ratified the twenty-first amendment to the United States Constitution. She was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1935 to 1937 and served as a delegate to the Democratic national conventions in 1936 and 1940.
Honeyman was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress and served from 1937 to 1939, making her the first congresswoman from Oregon. Her bids for reelection in 1938 and election in 1940 to the U.S. Congress failed. She held the position of senior representative of the Pacific Coast office of the U.S. Price Administration from 1941 to 1942. During the same period, the Multnomah County Commissioners appointed Honeyman to the Oregon Senate in 1941 to fill a vacancy and she served until her resignation in 1942. She was U.S. collector of customs in Portland from 1942 to 1953.
Honeyman died in Woodacre, California on December 10, 1970.
(Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress | Dictionary of Oregon History)
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