Margaret Gorman

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Margaret Gorman, Miss America 1921
Margaret Gorman

Margaret Gorman , later Margaret Gorman Cahill , (born August 18, 1905 in Washington, DC , † October 1, 1995 in Bowie , Maryland ) was the first Miss America in 1921 .

Margaret Gorman was born in Washington DC, where she also went to school. At the age of 15, she made it to the finals for the first Miss Washington DC election , which she won. Shortly thereafter, she won the Inter-City Beauty Contest and The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America . On September 8, 1921, she won the first Miss America election. At 16 years old and only five feet tall, she was the youngest and smallest Miss America of all time and the only Miss Washington DC to receive this title while she was still in school.

In the following years she tried again to be Miss America, but failed. In the mid-1920s she married Victor Cahill, with whom she lived until his death in 1957. She herself always lived in Washington DC, but often traveled.


  • AR Riverol: Live from Atlantic City: A History of the Miss America Pageant . Bowling Green State University Popular Press, Bowling Green 1992, ISBN 0-87972-557-5 .

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