Ross, Nellie Tayloe

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  • Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876–1977) was a politician who served as the fourteenth governor of Wyoming and as director of the U.S. Mint. She was the first female governor of a U.S. state and a tireless campaigner for the Democratic Party. She supported progressive causes and policies, including labor and banking reform, public education, and public assistance for the poor.

    Ross was born in Missouri on November 29, 1876. She went to a teacher-training college in Omaha and subsequently taught kindergarten for four years. She met William Bradford Ross, a lawyer, in 1900. The two married in 1902 and settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming. William Ross practiced law and became an influential member of the Democratic Party. After several unsuccessful campaigns for various public offices, William Ross was ...

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