CURTAIN RISES ON "MA" FERGUSON'S SECOND ACT

by Bartee Haile
Eight years after her election as the first female governor in American history, Miriam A Ferguson returned for a second-term encore on Jan. 17, 1933. Following the impeachment and permanent banishment from public office of husband Jim in 1917, "Ma" Ferguson stepped forward to defend the family's tarnished honor. She waged a successful campaign for the statehouse seven years later but lost a 1926 reelection bid to challenger Dan Moody.
 
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