Florence Wood Hanby

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Florence Wood Hanby
Member of the Delaware House of Representatives
from the Brandywine Hundred district
In office
1924 – ?
Personal details
Political partyRepublican

Florence Wood Hanby (April 18, 1870 – February 22, 1963[1]) was a politician representing New Castle County, Delaware, United States.

Hanby was the first woman elected to the Delaware General Assembly, winning a seat in the Delaware House of Representatives in 1924.[2][3]


Hanby was a Republican representing Brandywine Hundred in New Castle County.[3][4]

Hanby was greeted cordially by her fellow assembly members. Upon arriving at the State House in January 1925, two floral bouquets were on her desk, to which she remarked, "it looks like a second wedding".[4]:173

While in office, Hanby advocated to help victims of tuberculosis, and introduced the "Hope Farm Bill" to provide funding for an anti-tuberculosis hospital at Hope Farm, near Marshallton.[2][5]


  1. ^ "Florence M. Wood Hanby (1870-1963)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Woman Wielding Power: Pioneer Female State Legislators". National Women's History Museum. Retrieved December 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ a b Weatherford, Doris (2012). Women in American Politics: History and Milestones. SAGE. p. 96.
  4. ^ a b Hoffecker, Carol E. (2004). Democracy in Delaware: The Story of the First State's General Assembly (PDF). Cedar Tree Books. p. 173.
  5. ^ Lewis, W. David (1971). James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson; Boyer, Paul S. (eds.). Bissell, Emily Perkins. Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary. Harvard University Press. p. 153.