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Ruth Bryan Owen Taking the oath of office as the first woman envoy of the U.S. Foreign Service, administered by P. F. Allen of the State Department, 1933. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-108591).


Rohde, Ruth Bryan Owen (02 October 1885–26 July 1954), congresswoman, diplomat, lecturer, and author, was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, the daughter of William Jennings Bryan, a lawyer, and Mary Elizabeth Baird. When Ruth was two, the family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then to Washington, D.C., three years later, when her father was elected to Congress. Young Ruth became “the sweetheart of the House” as she sat with her father during fierce tariff debates (Ramsey, ...