The subject of the “This Week in Texas History” column for the week of Wednesday, January 15 through Tuesday, January 21 is the second term of Texas’ first female governor.
If husband Jim had not been impeached and permanently banned from public office, Miriam Ferguson never would have gotten into politics. But it was up to her to defend the family’s tarnished honor, and she did a bang-up job winning her first election in 1924 and a second in 1932.
On November 8, 1917, two months after his impeachment and removal from office, former governor James E. Ferguson started publication of “The Forum,” his independent weekly newspaper that lasted until 1935.
At first Ferguson kept running for office: governor in 1918, president in 1920 and the U.S. Senate in 1922. Realizing he could not hope to win a statewide much less a nationwide vote, “Farmer Jim” talked his wife Miriam into taking his place on the ballot and the result was Texas’ first female chief executive.