Izetta Jewell Kenny was born in New Jersey on November 24, 1883. In 1914, she moved to West Virginia with her husband, William Gay Brown, a congressman from Kingwood.
In 1920—the year women got the right to vote nationally—Brown attended the National Democratic Convention. She seconded the presidential nomination of West Virginia’s John W. Davis, a first for a woman in U.S. history.
In 1922, she became the first woman south of the Mason-Dixon Line to run for the U.S. Senate. She lost the Democratic nomination to Matthew Neely by only 6,000 votes. Two years later, she lost the Senate nomination to William Chilton in another close race.
In 1925, she married Hugh Miller and moved away from the Mountain State. Izetta Jewell Brown Miller died in California in 1978 at the age of 94.