1921 Miss America Pageant - Margaret Gorman wins
Miss America Pageant history began in 1921, when the first Miss America, Margaret Gorman, won the crown at the first "national beauty tournament" in the famous seaside vacation mecca, Atlantic City. There, Miss Washington, D.C., a wholesome blond high school freshman, emerged as the audience favorite and walked off with the first crown and trophy.
The first Miss America was Margaret Gorman, Miss Washington, DC, who won the crown in 1921.
Gorman returned to Atlantic City the following fall where she nearly walked away with the winner's crown a second time, finishing as first runner-up to Mary Katherine Campbell, Miss Columbus, Ohio, who became the Miss America pageant's only two-time winner.
After her reign, Gorman returned to complete high school, married Victor Cahill, an East coast real estate investor, and enjoyed a long, somewhat reclusive life until her death in 1995.
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