Texas: The Dutiful Wife

It was a ripsnorting shivaree. The Old Gray Mare Band of Brownwood blatted out The Eyes of Texas. Diva May Peterson sang Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet, and the crowd stomped and whistled and let out an unearthly rebel yell. Then Miriam Amanda Ferguson, all gussied up in a black satin dress, stood up and took the oath as Governor of Texas.

"Me for Ma." On that day—Jan. 20, 1925—"Ma"' Ferguson became the second woman ever to take office as a state Governor.* Her husband. James E. ("Farmer Jim") Ferguson, had twice...

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