Evelyn Gandy

Born Sep 4, 1920

Edythe Evelyn Gandy was an American politician who was the first female elected to a statewide office in Mississippi– that of Treasurer for the State of Mississippi. Later, she was elected insurance commissioner and 26th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on September 4, 1920.


1943 22 Years Old Born in Hattiesburg, Gandy attended the University of Southern Mississippi and studied law at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford. As the only woman in her 1943 law school class, she won the state oratorical contest. … Read More
1947 26 Years Old A Democrat, Gandy was elected in 1947 to the Mississippi House of Representatives from Forrest County. … Read More


1959 38 Years Old In 1959, Gandy was the first woman to be appointed Mississippi's Assistant Attorney General, and in the same year, she was elected state treasurer, the first woman to have been elected to a statewide constitutional office. … Read More


1963 42 Years Old In 1963, she was elected to a second term as treasurer without opposition.


1972 51 Years Old In 1972, she became the first woman elected as Insurance Commissioner, a position through which she worked to tighten regulations and scrutiny on the insurance industry.
1975 54 Years Old In 1975, Gandy was elected Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, the first woman to hold that office in Mississippi, and one of the first women in the country to hold such a seat in state government.
1979 58 Years Old Gandy was defeated twice in her bids for the Office of Governor of Mississippi. She ran for governor in 1979 but was defeated in the Democratic primary runoff primary by William Winter, 386,174 (56.6 percent) to 295,835 (43.4 percent). … Read More


1983 62 Years Old From 1983 until her death, she was engaged in private law practice in Hattiesburg. … Read More
2000 79 Years Old She publicly endorsed Al Gore for U.S. President in 2000 and also attended Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean's visit to Mississippi in 2005. … Read More
2006 85 Years Old In 2006, the Evelyn Gandy Parkway was opened, near Petal in her native Forrest County.
2007 86 Years Old 1 More Event
Her body lay in state on December 27, 2007, in the rotunda of the Mississippi State Capitol building in downtown Jackson. U.S. and Mississippi flags on all state buildings and grounds were flown at half-staff from sunrise on December 27, 2007 until sunset on December 28, 2007.
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