Helen Timmons Henderson was the first woman nominated and one of the first two elected to Virginia’s General Assembly. A Missouri native and teacher by trade, she was dismayed by Buchanan County’s limited educational opportunities when she moved nearby with her husband, and helped establish the Buchanan Mission School in 1911. Encouraged by her commitment to education and leadership abilities, local Democratic Party members invited her to run for Buchanan’s 1924 Assembly seat. A tireless advocate for southwestern Virginia, she was also the first woman to preside over the House of Delegates. She died in 1925 before she could seek reelection.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Buchanan County
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - Buchanan
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