Lucinda Dennis was born June 24, 1928 in Florence, South Carolina. Her father was a farmer. She went to Cortez Peters Business College in Washington, D.C. After college, she was hired by the Veterans Administration and worked there for three years. She married Emmet Jerome Dennis, a jazz musician and began work at the Department of Interior briefly, then went to the Housing and Home Finance Agency, later known as the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Through her time with Charlie Smith, she worked on legislation for the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations where she worked with Senator Muskie’s staff.
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