Katherine Price Collier St. George, Former GOP Representative, Dies By Joseph D. Whitaker Washington Post Staff Writer
Katharine Price Collier St. George, 86, an ardent Republican and an outspoken advocate of equal rights for women who represented New York in the House of Representatives from 1946 until her defeat in 1964, died Monday at her home in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. She had suffered a series of strokes in the last three years.
Mrs. St. George was a first cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a descendent of the original settlers at Plymouth Rock. She was born in England, reared in Tuxedo Park and educated in England, France and Germany. She was formally presented at the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, last emperor of the Germans.
In Congress, where she represented New York's 27th District, which includes Orange, Sullivan, and Delaware counties, she took a strong interest in improvements for federal employes and became the chief sponsor of a proposed equal rights amendment for women.
"Women neither need nor want protective legislation," Mrs. St. George said in a 1953 speech reported in The Washington Post. "They want to be free to work as equals, asking for no special privileges, but insisting on equality of opportunity and pay."
In 1962, she became the first woman to serve on the House Rules Committee and also was the assistant GOP whip in the House. She was the parliamentarian at the National Republican Conventions in 1958 and 1962.
Mrs. St. George began her political career as president of the Board of Education in Tuxedo Park and chairman of the Orange County Republican Committee. After leaving Congress, she was a member of the New York State Republican Committee.
In private life, she was a noted philanthropist, horsewoman and breeder of prize-winning cocker spaniels, setters and pointers.
Her husband, George Baker St. George, president of the St. George Coal Co., died in 1957.
Survivors include a daughter, Priscilla Ryan of Tuxedo Park; two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.