LULU THOMAS GLEASON

Elected in 1922 and serving only one two-year term, Lulu Gleason was the first woman from Lucas County to be elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.  A Republican, her campaign was managed entirely by women and she was backed by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) where she was active in her local chapter for 13 years.  Prior to her election in the House, she was credited with lobbying for legislation which was passed in 1921 to provide for the observance of an annual temperance day program in Ohio public schools.  She served as Chairman of the Temperance Committee in the House, as well as the School and Benevolent and Penal Institutions Committees.  Until her marriage, she managed her own millinery store.  Gleason was a member of various women’s organizations in Toledo where she lived for more than 65 years.

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