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Coya Knutson

Born: Aug 22, 1912

Death: Oct 10, 1996

Birthplace: Edmore

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Coya Knutson

Date of Birth : Aug 22, 1912
Date of Death : Oct 10, 1996
Birth Place : Edmore

Cornelia Genevive Gjesdal "Coya" Knutson was an American politician from the U.S. state of Minnesota. She served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives, from 1951 to 1955, before winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 9th congressional district as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She served two terms there, in the 84th and 85th Congresses,. Knutson was the first woman elected to Congress from Minnesota, and is remembered today for the notorious "Coya, Come Home" letter supposedly written by her then-estranged husband, Andy, urging her to give up her seat and not seek reelection in 1958. Political rivals had put him up to it, and it was seen as instrumental in her ensuing defeat. The incident is often cited as an example of sexism in American politics.


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