Northeast Historic Film:
“High time ... to weigh our consciences.” June 1, 1950, Margaret Chase Smith was the first member of Congress to denounce the abuses of Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communism campaign in her "Declaration of Conscience" speech. "I think that it is high time for the United States Senate and its members to do some soul searching -- for us to weigh our consciences -- on the manner in which we are performing our duty to the people of America -- on the manner in which we are using or abusing our individual powers and privileges." Fourteen years later in 1964, on this date, Margaret Chase Smith announced a Presidential campaign. The first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate, she foresaw her role as a pioneer for women seeking the high office. Ms. Smith died Memorial Day 1995.

This and other unique Maine news clips were saved by the foresight of John J. White Sr., an employee at the WGAN-TV station in Portland, now WGME-TV. Preserved at oldfilm.org

John J. White Sr./WGAN Collection, Northeast Historic Film
Acc. 0813.3373

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