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Jon E. Purmont, "Ella Grasso: Connecticut's Pioneering Governor"

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 7 p.m.

R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

Cost: free, reservations required

Event Phone Number: 203-245-3959

For more info, visit: http://www.rjjulia.com/event/jon-e-purmont-ella-grasso-connecticuts-pioneering-governor

When Ella Tambussi Grasso ran for governor of Connecticut in 1974, she had not lost an election since she was first voted into the state's General Assembly in 1952. The people of Connecticut chose her as the nation's first woman to be elected governor in her own right--the capstone of a long and successful career dedicated to public service, effective government, and the democratic process. During her tenure as governor, Grasso's leadership was tested in the face of fiscal problems, state layoffs, and budget shortfalls. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she endeared herself to her constituents during the great Blizzard of 1978, when she stayed at the State Armory around the clock to direct emergency operations and make frequent television appearances.

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