Richards, Ann

Richards, Ann (b. Dorothy Ann Willis)

(1933–  ) governor; born in Lakeview, Texas. She taught in a junior high school (1955–57) and managed the campaign of Sarah Weddington (the lawyer who won the Roe v. Wade case) in 1972. As an active Democrat, she became a county commissioner (1977–82), the state treasurer (1983–91), and finally governor of Texas (1991), Texas's first female governor since "Ma" Ferguson (1933–35). Although her early career had been plaqued by alcoholism, she recovered and gained national respect for her rousing nomination speeches at the Democratic National Conventions of 1988 and 1992.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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The pupils as far as Pauline can remember were: (back row, from left) Maureen Longbottom, ?, Pat Richards, Ann Cherrington, ?, Graham Foley, Sylvia Gould, ?, Ann Docker, ?, ?, Diane Moss, Zita Hanna, Pauline Rose, ?, ?, ?, ?, Martin Warren, ?, Ellen Dolan, ?, ?, ?, ?; (front row) Vicki White, Roger Harvery, ?, ?, ?, Mr Dale, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
It was my class, and the names of the pupils are - back row, left to right: Jean Fawcett, Josie Wilson, Margaret Campbell, Norma Chambers, Pat Page, Margaret Nettleton, Barbara Richards, Ann Gill, June Hird, Eileen Wintringham, Unknown.