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Nellie Tayloe Ross - A Governor First"

Nellie Tayloe Ross

A Governor First

The story of the first women governor elected in the United States.

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In 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the first women elected governor in the United States. She succeed her late husband as governor, but she carved out a strong agenda of her own, championing mine safety, a ban on child labor and strict government budgeting rules. The Denver Post noted that she had not played a role of "a gentle-faced, soft-voiced appealing woman in the mourning of a widow, but an intelligent, tactful, resourceful individual.

Ross would go on to wide-spread fame as a lecturer on the Chatauqua ten circuit, a powerful role in the national Democratic party, and a long career as director of the U.S. Mint.

Her long and illustrious life spanned the Wright Brothers historic flight at Kitty Hawk to Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon.

Wyoming Public Television tells her story through interview with historians, historic photos, archival film, and interviews with family members. Also included is a collection of photographs not featured in the documentary.