A First for Women

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Nellie Ross wears pearls

Nellie Ross was elected as governor of Wyoming November, 1924 after her husband, the previous governor, died a month earlier. She was inaugurated January 5, 1925. She was the very first female governor in the U.S. She served for two years before being defeated in the following election. She stayed active in the Democratic Party and in 1933 FDR appointed her as the first female director of the U.S. Mint.

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