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NELLIE TAYLOE ROSS First woman governor of an American state Inscribed signature: “Best wishes/to Danny Franklin/from Nellie Tayloe Ross”, at bottom of a handwritten letter (1p, 6×9), dated 1974 May 20, from an admirer. Signature clear but somewhat shaky.(She was 96 years old.) Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by envelope unsigned 6½x3½), with her name handwritten in the return address (Washington, D.C.) on reverse flap. Cancelled US 10-cent stamp, but no postmark visible. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. In 1922, Democrat William Bradford Ross was elected Governor of the normally Republican state of Wyoming, but he died in office two years later. In 1925, despite refusing to campaign, his widow, Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977) won a special election to succeed him. As Governor she promoted tax cuts, federal aid to poor farmers, and limits on child labor. Again declining to campaign, she was narrowly defeated for another term in 1926, a loss she attributed to her support for Prohibition. Nellie Tayloe Ross was not finished with public service, however. She became Vice Chairman of the national Democratic Party and was appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt as the first female Director of the US Mint (1933-1953). Another woman, Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the wife of a still living ex-governor, was elected Governor of Texas on the same day Nellie Tayloe Ross won her office. Ross was sworn in 16 days earlier than Ferguson, however. Two items. For more information contact HistoryForSale. DOCUMENT 273793

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