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Phyllis Schlafly dies at 92

In this March 11 photo, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly  endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before Trump begins speaking at a campaign rally in St. Louis. (Seth Perlman / Associated Press)
In this March 11 photo, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before Trump begins speaking at a campaign rally in St. Louis. (Seth Perlman / Associated Press)

Schlafly’s family was with her when she died Monday afternoon of cancer at her home in St. Louis, her son John Schlafly said. Funeral arrangements are pending, he said.

Schlafly rose to national attention in 1964 with her self-published book, “A Choice Not an Echo,” that became a manifesto for the far right. The book, which sold three million copies, chronicled the history of the Republican National Convention and is credited for helping conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona earn the 1964 GOP nomination.

She later helped lead efforts to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would have outlawed gender discrimination, galvanizing the party’s right. She’d graduated from college while working overnight at a factory during World War II, her newspaper column appeared in dozens of newspapers and she was politically active into her 90s – including attending every convention since her first in 1952. She attended this year’s convention as a Donald Trump delegate. Full story.



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