(May 26, 1909 – March 31, 1997), also known as Helen Eugenie Moore Anderson
, was a United States
diplomat. She is best known as the first woman appointed chief of mission at the ambassador level in US history (although several other women had been foreign ministers
Helen Eugenie Moore was born on May 26, 1909, in Adair, Iowa
, one of five children of Rev. Ezekial A. Moore, a Methodist minister, and his wife, FloraBelle. She concentrated in music as a student, and attended the Juilliard School
in New York; her original hope was to become a concert pianist. She was a member of the Iowa Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Women's Fraternity at Simpson College. She married John Pierce Anderson in 1929 and had two children, Hans and Johanna.
Anderson's interest in international affairs had been stirred by a trip to Europe in 1937, where in Germany she first saw a totalitarian state in action,
as she recalled. On her return she spoke frequently for the League of Women Voters
, fighting the strong isolationist policies of the time.
Anderson helped to create the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
in 1944. Four years later, as one of the few women, she was elected to an office in the national Democratic Party. In 1948, as the DFL split from the national Democratic Party in a controversy over goals and ideology, she supported Hubert H.......