Nellie Tayloe Ross

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Nellie Tayloe Ross (1922 or earlier)

Nellie Tayloe Ross (born November 29, 1876 in St. Joseph , Missouri , † December 19, 1977 in Washington, DC ) was an American politician and, as governor of the state of Wyoming, the first female governor in the United States.


In her childhood she lived in Missouri, where she attended both public and private schools. She then trained as a kindergarten teacher in Omaha , Nebraska , where she also worked for a few years before she came to Cheyenne in 1902 , where she met her future husband, William B. Ross , a practicing lawyer.

Nellie Ross was nominated by the Democrats for governorship in Wyoming in 1924 after her husband, who had held the position since 1923, died unexpectedly in an appendix operation on October 2, 1924. She won the election on November 4 of the same year with 55.1 percent of the vote against Republican EJ Sullivan and took office as governor of Wyoming on January 5, 1925. So she was the first woman to hold this post in the United States; Sixteen days later, Miriam A. Ferguson became governor of Texas . In 1926 she ran for re-election, but was defeated by Frank C. Emerson .

On May 3, 1933, she was appointed first director of the United States Mint by President Franklin D. Roosevelt . She held this position until she retired in 1953.

After her active time as a politician, Nellie Ross wrote articles for various women's magazines, campaigned for women's rights and traveled to the USA. She made her last trip to Wyoming in 1972 at the age of 96. She died at the age of 101. She was buried in Cheyenne , Wyoming.

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