Ella T. (Tambussi) Grasso

Ella Rosa Giovanna Oliva (Tambussi) Grasso (1919 - 1981)

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Ella Rosa Giovanna Oliva (Ella T.) Grasso formerly Tambussi
Born in Windsor Locks, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Mar 2015 | Last significant change: 19 Jan 2019
22:09: Emily (Boy) Holmberg edited the Marriage Data for Ella Rosa Giovanna Oliva (Tambussi) Grasso (1919-1981). [Thank Emily for this]
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Categories: Windsor Locks, Connecticut | Hartford, Connecticut | Saint Marys Cemetery, Windsor Locks, Connecticut | US Representatives from Connecticut | Connecticut Governors | National Women's Hall of Fame (United States) | Connecticut Notables.

Preceded by
82nd Governor
Thomas Joseph Meskill
Ella T. Grasso
83rd Governor
of Connecticut
CT Governor
1975—1980
Succeeded by
84th Governor
William O'Neill

Biography

Ella T. (Tambussi) Grasso is Notable.

Ella Tambussi was born in Windsor Locks, Connecticut on May 10, 1919. She was the daughter of Italian immigrants James (Giacomo) Tambussi and Maria Olive.[1]

The family lived at 12 Olive Street in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. In 1920, her father's mother and brother were also living in the house with them. Her father's occupation is listed as a machinist.[2] By 1930, her father had his own bakery.[1][3]

Ella graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1940 majoring in economics and sociology. In 1942, she earned a Master's Degree from Mount Holyoke and married Thomas Grasso.[4]

She first entered politics as a speechwriter for the Connecticut Democratic Party in 1943. She was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1952 and served there until 1957. She became the first woman elected Floor Leader.[4] She served as the Connecticut Secretary of State from 1959 to 1971, the longest serving Secretary of State since 1835.[5] She served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Connecticut's 6th District from 1971 to 1975.

In 1974, she ran for governor and became the first woman elected governor in her own right. In 1980, she was mentioned as a possible running mate in President Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign. However, she was diagnosed with cancer in March and resigned from office December 31, 1980. Lt. Governor William O'Neill was sworn in to succeed her.[5]

She died on February 5, 1981 and is buried at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.[6]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMPY-RPT : accessed 19 January 2019), Ella Tambussi in household of Giacomo Tambussi, Windsor Locks, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 243, sheet 18B, line 65, family 371, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 268; FHL microfilm 2,340,003.
  2. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCFV-FKQ : accessed 19 January 2019), Ella Tambussy in household of James Tambussy, Windsor Locks, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; citing ED 202, sheet 21A, line 14, family 378, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 180; FHL microfilm 1,820,180.
  3. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K71X-P3P : 13 March 2018), Ella R Tambussi in household of James Tambussi, Windsor Locks, Windsor Locks Town, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 2-267, sheet 5A, line 3, family 84, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 508.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame - Ella T. Grasso
  5. 5.0 5.1 Museum of CT History - Ella T. Grasso
  6. Find A Grave Memorial# 412

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