Miriam (Mrs Jason E) Ferguson

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Mrs. Jas. E. (Miriam) Ferguson, first female governor of Texas in 1925.

She was born Miriam Amanda Wallace in Bell County, Texas. She studied at Salado College and Baylor Female College. When she was 24, she married James Edward Ferguson, who was then a lawyer.

She got her nickname "Ma" partly from her initials "M. A.", and also because her husband was known as "Pa" Ferguson.

Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
in Texas USA


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