Willa McCord Blake Eslick

Willa McCord Blake Eslick ( born September 8, 1878 in Fayetteville, Tennessee, † February 18, 1961 in Pulaski, Tennessee) was an American politician Between 1932 and 1933, she represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Willa Eslick initially enjoyed a private school education. Later she attended, among others, the Dick White College and Milton College in Fayetteville and the Winthrop Model School and Peabody College in Nashville. She has also studied at the Metropolitan College of Music and Synthenic School of Music in New York City. She married the democratic politician Edward Everett Eslick, who was 1925-1932 congressman. Willa Eslick was also active as a board member of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

After the death of her Mannens, who died during his time as an MP, she was at the due election for the seventh seat of Tennessee as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where they took up their new mandate on 14 August 1932. Until March 3, 1933, she ended her husband's Unopened legislature. This made her the first woman from Tennessee who was elected to Congress.

In the regular congressional elections of 1932, she could no longer run from formal legal reasons. As a result, Willa Eslick has held no other political office. She died on 18 February 1961 in Pulaski.