Chloe Armstrong, daughter of Thomas Joseph Henry Jefferson and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. The family later moved to Ada, Oklahoma, where she received her primary education, then to El Reno, Oklahoma, where she graduated from high school in 1926. Armstrong attended East Central State College in Ada, graduating in 1931 with a B.A. in English and Speech. She taught in Oklahoma public schools and at Northeastern Junior College. In the summers, she attended Northwestern University, where she received her M.A. in 1941. She pursued additional graduate work at the University of Oklahoma, where she was teaching, and the University of Mississippi. In 1949, she became a professor of oral communications at Baylor University, where she remained until her retirement in 1973.
Armstrong was active in various professional, political, and civic organizations, including the Speech Association of America, Texas Speech Association, Waco Area Civil Liberties Union, Zeta Phi Eta, United Service Organizations (USO), and the McLennan County Executive Board of the Democratic Women's Association. She wrote two textbooks, contributed to two others, and wrote various articles and reviews for several speech journals. On September 22, 1977, Armstrong died in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was buried in Ada.
More information about Chloe Armstrong can be found in the Chloe Armstrong papers at The Texas Collection and in her oral memoirs at the Institute for Oral History. The Texas Collection finding aid is incomplete. Please e-mail The Texas Collection at email@example.com for more information.