Helen Bentley is remembered as a highly regarded American maritime journalist, Federal Maritime Commission chairman, and five-term U.S. Congressman. Throughout her career, Bentley dedicated her work to the advancement of America’s industrial and manufacturing base and the maritime community that carried products to and from the port of Baltimore. As the first female chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, she was a key architect in the Nixon Administration’s 1970 Merchant Marine Act, which helped establish a degree of government support for building tankers and bulk carriers in U.S. shipyards.She also helped establish the Maritime Security Program to provide funding for American-flagged cargo ships. While serving in the U.S. Congress, she used her seat on the Public Works Committee to advance the deepening of the Port of Baltimore, resulting in enhanced economic activity for the region.

Congresswoman Helen Bentley

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