Pearl Peden Oldfield

Pearl Peden Oldfield ( born December 2, 1876 in Cotton Plant, Woodruff County, Arkansas, † April 12, 1962 in Washington DC) was an American politician. Between 1929 and 1931, she represented the second electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Pearl Peden attended the public schools of their home and the Arkansas College in Batesville. She married the longtime congressman William Allan Oldfield. After her husband's death, she was elected in a by-election in the second district of Arkansas as a candidate of the Democratic Party to its successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.

This made her the first woman from Arkansas who was elected to Congress. There they remained from 9 January 1929 to 3 March 1931. Choosing a family for a successor is elected in the United States, not the rule, but, during the course of the history of the Congress before more often. After the end of their time in Congress to Oldfield pulled back from politics and devoted himself to their private interests.