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article imageFirst woman to run for VP of America dies at 75

By Adeline Yuboco     Mar 26, 2011 in World
Boston - Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to be nominated by a major political party for Vice President of the United States, died on Saturday at Masachusetts General Hospital. She was 75.
In a statement released by members of her family, Ferraro—who was also the first Italian-American to run for a national office under the banner of a major political party—died as a result of complications from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that affects the plasma cells in the bone marrow.
Described as a telegenic, articulate and fiery woman, Ferraro served as congresswoman for the state of New York for three consecutive terms. In 1984, then presidential candidate Walter Mondale chosen her as his running mate under the Democratic party against Republic incumbents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Reagan and Bush won the presidential election in 49 out of the 50 states—the largest landslide victory in nearly 50 years.
Ferraro's later political ambitions were unsuccessful, many of whom view to be resulting from legal troubles that involved her husband and son.
She is survived by John A. Zaccaro, her husband of 50 years, her three children, and eight grandchildren.
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