Miriam A. Ferguson

When she was elected governor of Texas, Miriam Ferguson (1875 - 1961) became the first woman governor in the South. She ran as a Democrat after her husband was impeached in 1917 and removed as governor. In 1925 after the Scopes trial she directed the Texas textbook commission to delete references to the theory of evolution from high school textbooks. This forced text book publishers for decades to print special edited textbooks for Texas. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-37272.