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Spaulding, Jane Morrow

(born: 1900  -  died: 1965) 

Jane M. Spaulding was born in Logan County, KY and raised in Nashville, TN. Her ancestors founded Keysburg in Logan County.

Jane Spaulding was the first African American female assistant secretary in the cabinet of a U.S. President during the Truman administration; she was later reappointed by President Eisenhower as Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. At that time, the position made her the highest paid African American employed by the federal government.

In 1953, she was named Woman of the Year by the National Council of Negro Women; Spaulding had served as the finance chairman for the organization.

In 1951, she served as the U.S. representative to the Triennial Council of Women in Athens, Greece. In 1954, she was a member of the War Claims Commission.

Jane Morrow Spaulding was a graduate of Fisk University. She was the wife of Dr. Albert L. Spaulding, Sr. and mother of Dr. Albert L. Spaulding, Jr. She died 9/10/1965.

For more see J. Eads, "In Washington," The Independent Record, 6/29/1953, p. 4; In Black and White. A guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning Black individuals and groups, 3rd ed., edited by M. M. SpradlingNotable Black American Women. Book II, edited by J. C. Smith; "Welfare Worker Named Hobby Aide; Mrs. Jane Spaulding Appointed Assistant to Secretary -- Ray Backed for Education Head," New York Times, April 15, 1953; and "One Tenth of a Nation: Parade of Progress"  (film) at the Library of Congress (viewable online).

Kentucky County & Region

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Read about Keysburg, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: The Independent-record (newspaper)
NKAA Source: In Black and white : a guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning more than 15,000 Black individuals and groups
NKAA Source: Notable Black American women : book II

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