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Catherine E. Falvey

Portia Law School, 1937

1908 Catherine E Falvey

Catherine Falvey in uniform. Courtesy of The Boston Public Library,
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In 1940, three years after graduating from Portia Law School, Catherine Falvey became the youngest elected member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Shortly after her re-election in 1942, Falvey resigned the office to serve her country in the Armed Forces. She quickly rose to the rank of Major and, true to the spirit of Portia, became the only female department head on the American legal staff during the Nuremberg trials. Falvey returned to politics in 1946 and lost the Congressional Democratic primary to a young John F. Kennedy.

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