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Mattocks, R. (2016, January 19). Alice Bentley: Crawford County’s Champion for Women’s Rights in the Downton Abbey Era. The Crawford Messenger.  Crawfordhistorical.org



Session Position District Party
1923-1924 Republican
1925-1926 Republican
1927-1928 Republican
 Counties   Crawford


04/12/1859 - 08/06/1949

BENTLEY, Alice M., a Representative from Crawford County; born, Wayne Township, Crawford County, Pa. on April 12, 1859; graduated, Northwest State Normal School (now Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), 1883; graduated, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Course of Study, 1887; teacher (20 years); unsuccessful campaign, school superintendent, Crawford County (1902); solicitor, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (20 years); elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a Republican in 1922; reelected to serve 2 more consecutive terms; (first woman) appointed, Speaker pro tempore (1923-1928); unsuccessful campaign for reelection to the House (1928); died, August 6, 1949 in Conewango Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania; interred, Mount Hope Cemetery, Mount Hope, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.