Norma Smallwood

Norma Smallwood Brief Biography

Norma Descygne Smallwood (May 12, 1909 – May 8, 1966) captured first place in both the bather's review and the evening gown contest and the following evening was crowned Miss America 1926.

Smallwood was a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma who earned the Miss Tulsa title and graduated from high school at age 16. She was a student at the Oklahoma College for Women when she competed for Miss America. Her hobbies included swimming, dancing, horseback riding and served as captain of her college hockey team. Smallwood is noted as being the first Native American (Cherokee) to win the crown. She was the daughter of Edward Smallwood and Mahalia Angela (Robinette) Smallwood. She also had a half sister and a half brother from her father.

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