Bluefield in Mercer County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The first woman elected to Congress from West Virginia. Born as Maude Etta Simpkins on June 7, 1895, she married Bluefield lawyer John Kee, who served in congress, 1932–1951. Employed 18 years as his secretary; elected to complete his term in 1951; re-elected to six terms; retired, 1964. Noted for service to constituents and passage of 1962 Accelerated Public Works Act. Died February 15, 1975.
Erected 2005 by West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Women. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1858.
Location. 37° 16.027′ N, 81° 13.31′ W. Marker is in Bluefield, West Virginia, in Mercer County. Marker is on Federal Street (U.S. 52). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Federal Street, Bluefield WV 24701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bluefield (a few steps from this marker); Bluefield State Teacher’s College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bluefield State CollegeAndrew Davidson (approx. 1.2 miles away); West Virginia (Mercer County) / Mercer County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tazewell County Va./West Virginia (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia); Bluefield College (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia); Bluefield Virginia (approx. 4.8 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluefield.
Also see . . . Elizabeth Kee. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,609 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 22, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on November 10, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on January 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.