Miriam Amanda Wallace wasn't considering a career in politics when she enrolled at Baylor Female College in the 1890s. She married James Ferguson in 1899 and settled down to raise a family. But instead of enjoying a quiet life at home, Miriam became the first woman governor of Texas. Read more about Ferguson and listen to the episode of Texas Originals chronicling her achievements. More»

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Miriam "Ma" Ferguson in a campaign photo. Courtesy of the Bell County Museum.