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Cecil M. Harden

Cecil Murray Harden

Cecil Murray Harden (November 21, 1894 - December 5, 1984) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Covington, Indiana, Harden graduated from the public schools of Covington in 1912. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and became a teacher. She served as Republican National committeewoman from Indiana from 1944 to 1959 from 1964 to 1972. She also served as delegate at large to the Republican National Conventions in 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1968.

Harden was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1959). She was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eighty-sixth Congress in 1958. She served as special assistant for women's affairs to Postmaster General, Washington, D.C., from March 1959 to March 1961.

Harden was the only Republican woman to have represented the state of Indiana in the U.S. Congress until Susan Brooks and Jackie Walorski took seat in the 113th United States Congress in January 2013.

She served as member of the National Advisory Committee for the White House Conference on Aging from 1972 to 1973. She died on December 5, 1984, in Lafayette, Indiana.

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