In 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross was the First Lady of Wyoming. Then her husband passed away from appendicitis. As a result, Wyoming held a special election to elect a new governor. Nellie was nominated by the Democratic party to run for his seat.
Nellie wasn’t sure if she should run. There was good reason for her not to run. She was distraught from his passing. She needed to focus on financial stability for her family. And Wyoming was a Republican state.
But she wanted the role. She felt that she could do a great job. So she ran, and though she didn’t campaign, she won.
On January 5, 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first female governor in America.