Dorothy Vredenburgh Bush

Dorothy Vredenburgh Bush
Dorothy McElroy

(1916-12-08)December 8, 1916
DiedDecember 21, 1991(1991-12-21) (aged 75)
NationalityUnited States
OccupationSecretary to the Democratic National Committee
Years active1944–1988
Spouse(s)Peter Vredenburgh (1940–1956)
John W. Bush (1962–1991)

Dorothy McElroy Vredenburgh Bush (December 8, 1916 – December 21, 1991) was an American political activist. She was the secretary of the Democratic National Committee from 1944 to 1988.[1] She also became the vice-president of the Young Democratic Clubs of America in 1943, being the first woman to hold that position.

Early life and education

Dorothy McElroy was born on December 8, 1916, in Baldwyn, Mississippi, to Will Lee McElroy, a postmaster, and Lany McElroy (née Holland).[1][2] She had two older sisters.[1] Her family moved to Columbus, Mississippi, when she was in eighth grade to enable the girls to attend the Mississippi State College for Women.[1] Dorothy graduated from a Columbus high school in 1933[2] and went on to earn her B.S. in secretarial studies at Mississippi State College for Women in 1937.[2] In the summer of 1935, she also attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her degree, she worked for the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company in its Birmingham office for three years.[1][2]

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