May Martin Van Wye

The first woman to serve in both chambers of the Ohio Legislature, May Martin Van Wye served three terms in the Ohio House and one term in the State Senate.  A Republican from Cincinnati, she was active in many community interests involving general welfare causes and was active in the Republican party.  Van Wye introduced two bills which were enacted into law and she served as a member of the House Finance and Universities and Colleges Committees.  Later in life, at age 83, she published her first novel, “Eve’s Tower”, a fictional account of a woman state senator from a midwestern state and her role in the workings of state government, as well as her reception from her male peers.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Van Wye was a teacher and taught kindergarten in public schools in New York prior to moving to Cincinnati after her marriage.

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