A Republican, Nettie MacKenzie Clapp was the first woman elected to representative Cuyahoga County in the Ohio House of Representatives where she served four consecutive terms. The first woman legislator to have a bill enacted into law, House Bill 141 which made teaching the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions mandatory in public schools, she was interested in legislation concerning good citizenship, prison reform, wages and education. Clapp also was the first woman to serve on the Executive Committee of the Republican National Convention in 1924 and she was selected to represent the Ohio General Assembly at the inauguration of President Coolidge. Born in Cincinnati where she attended the Cincinnati School of Art, she was well-known as a commercial design and illustration artist. After her marriage, she moved to Cleveland where she was actives in many aspects of civic work.