Nellie Ross Biography

Governor (1876–1977)
Nellie Ross was the first woman in the U.S. to serve as governor, and the first to direct the U.S. mint (which she did for 20 years).


After her husband died while running for governor of Wyoming, Nellie Tayloe Ross (born November 29, 1876) was elected in his place, becoming the first U.S. woman governor. Failing to win re-election, Ross became director of the U.S. mint. During her 20-year tenure, the mint introduced the Roosevelt dime, the Jefferson nickel, and the steel penny (as a WWII emergency).

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