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November 5, 2012

Lawrence's 'oldest voter' still inspired after 22 presidential elections


“I thought FDR did well,” Biron said.

“FDR was very well-liked. To be elected as many times as he was, he had to be. He was a very, very smart man. So was his wife, Eleanor,” she said.

Biron said she also rated President John F. Kennedy high on her list of top presidents and has always held the Kennedy family in high esteem.

“The Kennedys did so much for us. They’ve had a big impact on a lot of people in this country,” she said.

“I remember watching television on the day Jack Kennedy got shot. And then the guy that got blamed for it, somebody shot him too,” she recalled.

Her closest encounter with a president came during the administration of President Harry S. Truman. Biron said she and other union delegates went to Washington in hopes of getting some work for the Ayer Mill in Lawrence.

“During the war, we made the cloth for the uniforms. The best cloth on the market went into their suits,” Biron said.

“We saw him (Truman) leave the Blair House to go to the White House. We had to stand away as he walked by. That was the closest I ever got to a president,” she said.

Staff at Mary Immaculate say they’ve witnessed Biron’s passion and diligence for being a good citizen. She’s been known to lecture people on exercising their right to vote.

“Sure, I tell them they should vote. Of course, they should,” Biron said.

“My father-in-law said to me a long time ago that it’s always important that you vote, especially when you own property. He said if you wanted something done and asked for it, you got better treatment if you were on the voting list,” she said.

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