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Ma Ferguson

For Release: August 10, 2004
College Station, TX - Deborah Wheeler is the next featured speaker in the Bush Museum Issues Forum. On August 19th, she will be discussing Ma Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas, at 7:00 p.m. in the orientation theater of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson, best known as Ma Ferguson, was first thrust into the Texas political scene when her husband, James E. Ferguson was elected governor in 1914. When her husband failed to make the ballot in 1924, Miriam entered and won the race. After an unsuccessful run for re-election, she was elected for a second term in 1932. Mrs. Wheeler’s presentation promises to highlight little know historical facts about this Texas legend.

Deborah K. Wheeler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and in Literature from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She pursued a career in medical technology for twenty-five years before continuing her education at Texas A&M University, where she received a Master of Arts in History in 1999. She concentrates the majority of her research on Miriam Ferguson. Ms. Wheeler has presented two lectures at the Texas State Historical Association’s annual meetings. She is currently an archivist with the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Admission to this event is free, however reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Amanda Urrutia at 979-691-4015 or via e-mail to amanda.urrutia@nara.gov.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091