Adelaide Sterling Ott

The first woman to serve in the Ohio General Assembly from Mahoning County, Republican Adelaide Sterling Ott served three terms in the House where she was the first woman member to temporarily preside over the chamber when asked to do so by the House Speaker.  She was the first women to chair the Committee on Permanent Organizations in State Legislature.  Ott was also active in her community where she performed Red Cross canteen work during World War I, raised funds for the American Legion and was president of the Women’s Division at First Baptist Church in Youngstown.  Outspoken on many issues, Ott opposed gas tax legislation because of the additional tax and fought against controversial legislation requiring the reading of the Bible in public schools because she considered reading the Bible “without the religious impulse behind it as more harmful than beneficial”.  She died at the age of 54, not long after serving in the legislature.

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