On this day in 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected as the nation’s first
female governor to serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B.
Ross who died of complications from an appendectomy. As the 14th Governor
of Wyoming she served from 1925 to 1927. On May 3, 1933 President Franklin
Roosevelt appointed her the first female director of the U.S. Mint, where she
served five full terms until her retirement in 1953. Ross died in December of
1977 at the age of 101.