Elizabeth Furse

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Date of Birth October 13, 1936
Place of Birth Kenya
Age 84 years old
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Elizabeth Furse

Elizabeth Furse is a Kenya Colony-born American small business owner and former faculty member of Portland State University. She was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1999, representing Oregon's 1st congressional district. She is a Democrat, and was the first naturalized American born in Africa to win election to the United States Congress.

About Elizabeth Furse

First African-born politician to be elected to the United States Congress. She was chosen to represent Oregon's first congressional district in 1993 and went on to co-found the Oregon Peace Institute.

Before Fame

While living in South Africa, she was involved in anti-Apartheid activism, joining the first Black Sash demonstration in Cape Town in 1951.


She served as Director of the Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University.

Family Life

She married John C. Platt.


After moving to Los Angeles in 1956, she became involved with Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers' Movement.

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  • Women in Oregon politics
  • White Kenyan people
  • Native Americans' rights activists
  • Members of the United States House of Representatives from Oregon
  • Portland State University faculty
  • Kenyan emigrants to South Africa
  • The Evergreen State College alumni
  • Activists for Hispanic and Latino American civil rights
  • Viticulturists
  • Politicians from Portland, Oregon
  • American winemakers
  • South African emigrants to the United States
  • International opponents of apartheid in South Africa
  • Oregon Democrats
  • Female members of the United States House of Representatives
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