Theresa Long

Name: Theresa Long (Rew)
Birth Date: April 2, 1906
Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, USA
Death Date: January 28, 1998
Death Location: Evanston, Illinois, USA


Theresa “Tea” Rew Long was the second woman to serve as alderman in Evanston and first female alderman of the 1st Ward. She served from 1957-1962. Long was also an active curler and was head of the U.S. Women’s Curling Association from 1963-64. Her curling club was based in Glenview and they were called the Glenview Witches.

Long was born and raised in Evanston and was a member of the Rew family, a long time Evanston family. Long was involved in many organizations: the U.S. Women’s Curling Association, where she also served as Vice President and President (1963-64); League of Women Voters of Evanston; Woman’s Republican Club of Evanston; President of the First Ward Non-Partisan Civic Association, 1957; Trustee of Evanston Public Library; Evanston History Center; First Presbyterian Church; Junior League of Evanston.

“Women can and should be given greater opportunities in government. I’m simply crazy about the work.”

Quotes: "Women can and should be given greater opportunities in government. I'm simply crazy about the work."
Father: Irwin Rew
Mother: Katharine Rew
Education: Wellesley College, 1928
Years in Evanston: 1906-1998

Sources: Biographical Files. Evanston History Center. ProQuest Historic Papers. Chicago Tribune