Bob Smith

Dudley Dudley paved the way for other female politicians

Dudley Dudley paved the way for other female politicians

In December, I traveled from my home in Maryland to New Hampshire, where I grew up, to stand with Dudley Dudley as she cast her Electoral College vote for Hillary Clinton. Most Americans haven't heard of the Durham Democrat who ran for U.S. Congress in the 1980s. But Ms. Dudley's story has parallels to Ms. Clinton's that offer hope for the future.

First, a word about the name: She was born Dudley Webster (named after a 17th-century relative who held office in Colonial New England), then married Tom Dudley, a lawyer.

Ms. Dudley, like Hillary Rodham Clinton, devoted her career to public service, beginning with stuffing envelopes in 1944 to re-elect FDR. She...

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