Miriam “Ma” Ferguson
First Woman Governor of Texas
7 x 9, 72 pp.
5 B&W Illustrations. Glossary. Index.
Pub Date: 04/19/2006
Stars of Texas Series
  hardcover
Price:        $17.95

978-1-933337-01-2

Published by State House Press

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Miriam “Ma” Ferguson

First Woman Governor of Texas

Judy Alter
Illustrator Patrick Messersmith

Miriam Ferguson was a quiet, private person who preferred to stay home in her big house in Temple, Texas, and take care of her husband, raise her two daughters, and tend to her flower garden.


But in 1924 she was elected governor of Texas, the first woman governor elected in the United States.


Her husband, Jim Ferguson, served two terms as governor, but during his second term he was impeached, which meant he could not run again for public office. So Miriam agreed to run to clear his name and restore the family's honor.


She served two terms as governor: from 1925 to 1927 and from 1933 to 1935. She and her husband became known as "Ma" and "Pa" Ferguson. Her campaign slogan was, "Two Governors for the Price of One."
 

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JUDY ALTER writes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages. In 2005, she received the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Western Writers of America. Alter lives in Fort Worth, Texas, after retiring as Director of TCU Press.

PATRICK MESSERSMITH is a noted artist who resides in Dallas, Texas. He states, "as a native Texan, it's great to be a part of teaching the legacy of our state's heroes (who might not receive as much attention) to the younger generations."

What Readers Are Saying:

"I liked this book because I thought it explained things clearly. The author taught me how important things happened and how it really was back then. The pictures helped me imagine what it probably really looked like in Texas during those years. This book also showed how the people running for important jobs felt and what they had to do to get to that goal of being whatever they wanted to be. I think this book will encourage people to keep on trying, just like Miriam Ferguson did. I think this book should be read by students in the fourth grade or above."--Emma Barringer, Raguet Elementary School, Nacogdoches, Texas

". . . her story makes for fascinating reading. Intended for ages 9-12, this 72-page, 7x9, hardcover book offers Miriam Ferguson's tale in a highly readable format that will interest children of all ages. (Yes, I'm a child.) It also helps the reader by providing a timeline of Ferguson's life, a glossary, suggestions for further reading and websites to visit, and an index." --Eclectic Homeschool On-line

"Recommended reading for grades 4-7: Good for research and clarity in presentation of ideas." --Carmen Antoine, Region XI Educational Service Center

"The best way to build up a new generation of Texas history lovers is to produce books that appeal to young readers, and the good folks at State House Press are opening that door with a wonderful new series . . . 'The Stars of Texas Series' is going to be something to watch. . . . The books are fast-paced and interesting, allowing the student to quickly understand the customs and life ways of Texas history." --Texas Illustrated Magazine

"I liked this book because I thought it explained things clearly. The author taught me how important things happened and how it really was back then. The pictures helped me imagine what it probably really looked like in Texas during those years. This book also showed how the people running for important jobs felt and what they had to do to get to that goal of being whatever they wanted to be. I think this book will encourage people to keep on trying, just like Miriam Ferguson did. I think this book should be read by students in the fourth grade or above." --Emma Barringer, Raguet Elementary School, Nacogdoches, Texas

"While this is a well-illustrated book meant to encourage children to study history, its content provides a glimpse into a period about which few adult Texans are familiar." --Brazosport Facts

"A highly valued addition to school library 'American History & Biography' collections, and 'Texas History' reading lists, Miriam 'Ma' Ferguson is very strongly recommended as an informative and inspiring introduction to the life and times of the Ferguson family." --Midwest Book Review

". . . an excellent series." --The Manhattan Mercury

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