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Miriam A. "Ma" Ferguson

Ma Ferguson

Miriam Amanda Wallace was born in Bell County in 1875. She attended Salado College and Baylor Female College before marrying Jim Ferguson at the age of 24. Thereafter, she devoted her energies to making a home for her husband and her two daughters until 1924, when she entered the governor's race on her husband's behalf. Her campaign slogan was "Two Governors for the Price of One." In November 1924, she and Nellie Ross of Wyoming were elected the nation's first female governors.

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