Sneed, Josephine B. Chenault(born: December 22, 1899 - died: March 23, 1986) Josephine B. Chenault Sneed was the first woman to serve as a Cook County Commissioner in Chicago, IL. She was initially appointed to the commission in 1964 to complete the term of her late husband Edward M. Sneed (1890-1964), who was the first African American elected to the Cook County Commission. At the end of Josephine B. Sneed's interim term, she was elected in 1966 to the commission. She had a very active career before and after her election to the Cook County Commission.
- Vice President of the Illinois Women's Federation of Democratic Clubs
- Board Member and Assistant Financial Secretary of the Women's Auxiliary of Hecktoen Institute
- Member of the Women's sodality of St. Anselm's Catholic Church
- Active in the American Women's Volunteer Services during WWII
- Women's Board of Provident Hospital (1930s)
- Lieutenant in the Salvation Army (1930s)
- Vice Chair of both the Oak Forest Hospital and the County Jail.
SOURCES: "Son wins honors," Chicago Tribune, 10/09/1955, p.41; "Edward Sneed dies; served county board," Chicago Tribune, 06/28/1964, p.39; "Widow of Edward Sneed appointed to County Board," Berwyn Life, 07/22/1964, p.13; African Americans and the Vote: firsts in Cook County Leadership, a Cook County Government website; Illinois, Cook County Deaths (Ancestry); and Josephine B. Sneed on pp.32-33 in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Heritage Series #2, Women in Politics, online at Atlanta University Center.