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Ceremony planned to mark Ella Grasso’s 100th birthday

May 5, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state officials will pay tribute to the late Ella Grasso, the first woman elected in her own right as governor of a U.S. state.

A ceremony marking the late Connecticut governor’s 100th birthday will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Old Judiciary Committee Room at the Connecticut State Capitol.

The Democrat was born in Windsor Locks on May 10, 1919, and died on Feb. 5, 1981. The first woman to be elected governor without being the wife or widow of a past governor, Grasso served from 1975 until 1980. She previously served as Connecticut Secretary of the State and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The town of Windsor Locks has declared 2019 the “Year of Ella.” Various events are planned throughout the year.