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Gladys Noon Spellman

During her five years in Congress, Gladys Noon Spellman was a voice for fiscal reform. Spellman studied at George Washington University and did graduate studies with the United States Department of Agriculture, then became a teacher in Prince Georges County, Maryland. In 1962 she joined the county’s board of commissioners, serving as chair from 1966–1970. In 1972 she was elected the first woman president of the National Association of Counties. President Johnson appointed her to his Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations in 1967. She was elected to Congress in 1975 and served on the Committee on Banking, Currency and Housing; the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee; and the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. This last was vital to her district, which had the highest percentage of federal government employees in the country, forty percent. On October 31, 1980, she suffered a heart attack while campaigning for a fourth term and lapsed into a coma. Although she won the election by a landslide, she never awoke, and a special election was held for her seat in February, 1981. She died seven years later without regaining consciousness.

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Shortly after being elected to congress 1975-1976 Gladys assisted myself the Bowie Fire Department and Rescue Squad along with a group from Goddard Space Center (NASA) Ship a 1947 Brockway/Oren 500GPM pumper fire truck to Chile. The truck was shipped from Baltimore as part of the CARE program. Mrs. Spellman had made to arrangement's. Do you have any records of the operation?   I am trying to locate to truck. A long time has past. There are only a few that remember the activity. The Bowie FD has not been able to find much as to exactly were the unit went in Chile.   I was hoping someone there would be able to find any information in the congressional record or office notes.

Email responce is fine. thanks         Ray Granados  Past Chief and President of the Bowie VFD&RS INC




Representative Gladys Noon Spellman
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United States Representative Gladys Noon Spellman, from Maryland's 5th congressional district, 1975-1981.
Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.
Date of Birth
March 1, 1918
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
June 19, 1988

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