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Reid, Charlotte Thompson (b. 1913)

Reid, Charlotte Thompson (b. 1913)

American politician. Name variations: Mrs. Frank R. Reid; (stage name) Annette King. Born Charlotte Leota Thompson, Sept 27, 1913, in Kankakee, Illinois; dau. of Edward Charles Thompson and Ethel (Stith) Thompson; attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, 1930–32; m. Frank R. Reid Jr. (attorney), Jan 1, 1938 (died Aug 1962); children: Patricia Reid (who m. George Lindner); Frank R. Reid III; Edward Thompson Reid; Susan Reid.

Began career singing on radio under name Annette King on NBC's Don McNeill's Breakfast Club (1936); after husband died while campaigning for Republican seat in US House of Representatives (1962), ran in his place and won; as Republican congressional representative (1963–71), served on Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Committee on Public Works, and Committee on Standards of Official Conduct; introduced a constitutional amendment to allow public school students to engage in noncompulsory prayer, and opposed many of President Lyndon Johnson's social programs; supported improvements to auto safety standards, a measure to outlaw certain types of rifle sales, a "Truth In Lending Law," and the proposed Equal Rights Amendment; resigned from House (1971) to serve a 5-year term on the Federal Communications Commission; also served on the President's Task Force on International Private Enterprise (1983–85).

See also Women in World History.

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