|Former Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley|
Helen Bentley-- who not only represented Maryland’s 2nd Congressional district from 1985 to 1995, but made an unsuccessful bid to win the Republican nomination for Governor in 1994 (Ellen Sauerbrey was the party’s pick, and she ended up losing to Democrat Parris Glendening)-- was also fondly remembered as a meticulous and exhaustive record keeper.
“She saved everything,” a former staffer recalls.
To wit: In 1996 Mrs. Bentley generously donated 420.2 linear feet of her papers to University of Baltimore, the equivalent of roughly 420 standard archival boxes - that span a storied 50-year career in journalism, politics, and advocacy-- from 1945 to 1995.
|Then-Governor William Donald Schaefer and Bentley in 1991|
|Helen on Parade, Highlandtown , 1991|
Bentley was a tireless crusader for U.S. manufacturing, trade and labor, and maritime concerns. In the mid-1960s she created a television show for WMAR-TV, “The Port that Built a City.” In 1969, Mrs. Bentley was appointed chair to the Federal Maritime Commission by U.S. President Richard Nixon, and was the highest ranking woman in his administration. In 1984 she was elected to the United States 99th Congress, representing Maryland’s 2nd Congressional district and served for 10 years. University of Baltimore is honored to preserve this great piece of Maryland history, and we, as are many, are grateful to Helen Bentley for her gift to the University and her tireless service to the people of Maryland.
|a young constituent bends Bentley's ear|