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Object Name: Medal

Object ID: 2018.003.29

Date: 1993

Description: Award medallion, presented to Mary Louise Hancock by Keene State College, 1993. Circular brass medallion, engraved on both sides. Obverse: "KSC President's Outstanding / Women of New Hampshire Award", with image of building at Keene State College. Reverse: "Mary Louise Hancock / March 25, 1993". Brass chain connected to hole in top edge of medallion.

Material: Metal

Dimensions: D-0.05 Dia-2.5 inches

Provenance: Born in Franklin, NH, Mary Louise Hancock (1920-2017) moved with her family to Concord in 1928. It was in her father's drug store that she grew up and absorbed a steady diet of politics from discussions of state workers and politicians who frequented her father's store at 132 North Main Street. Although stricken with polio at age 3, she overcame her disability, going on to graduate from the University of New Hampshire in 1942. In 1943 Hancock began working for the New Hampshire Travel Division, and went on to hold a succession of jobs in the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, and Office of State Planning, serving as its director from 1960 to 1976. In 1976 she began a career in state politics, serving as the first woman and Democrat representing Concord in District 15 of the State Senate. She became a force in state politics and an advocate for women's rights.

People: Hancock, Mary Louise (1920-2017)

Subjects: Awards

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