Isabella Greenway

Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first congresswoman (1933-36) owned a ranch in Williams, Arizona – the Quarter Circle Double X Ranch which she used as a respite from her busy campaigning and life in D.C. Like many of her female constituents, Isabella cared about good roads and worked to improve Route 66 in Arizona while she was in Congress.  Her biographer, award-winning author Kristie Miller, recalls seeing a letter written to her son Jack in Isabella’s archives about having to stay extra days in congress to get “this 66 done”, before she could retire to the ranch.    Prior to becoming a Congresswoman, Isabella hosted her dear friends Eleanor (who she had known since her school days) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the Quarter Circle Double X Ranch when they came to campaign in Arizona in 1932.  Isabelle played a decisive role in FDR’s campaign and introduced FDR to Arizona’s congressman, Lewis Douglas, who would become his budget director.  

 

 

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