Evelyn Gandy
American politician
Evelyn Gandy
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.
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Fitch takes GOP treasurer race - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
Fitch or Moran will be the first woman since Evelyn Gandy to assume the treasurer's post. Gandy, who died in 2007 at age 87, was the first woman elected to statewide office in Mississippi and was later elected insurance commissioner and lieutenant
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Bicyclists have same rights to be on road - Hattiesburg American
Google News - over 5 years
I live in Petal about a mile north of Evelyn Gandy Parkway. It would be wonderful to safely ride down Old Richton Road into town for some bananas and a loaf of bread, or to the YMCA. While I'm at it, how about a trail connecting Petal to the Longleaf
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Scott Colom: More women in political leadership - The Commercial Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Hattiesburg's Evelyn Gandy, who was elected lieutenant governor in 1975 and made two runs for governor, is as close as any women has come to being elected to the state's top office. Locally, women haven't fared much better. To the best of my knowledge,
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Marine: God only reason we lived - Hattiesburg American
Google News - over 5 years
On Saturday, a processional traveled along the Evelyn Gandy Parkway, where well-wishers waved flags and showed their support for James, who smiled and waved from the passenger's seat of a truck. Darla Woodard said she's received an outpouring of
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Community welcomes injured Marine - Hattiesburg American
Google News - over 5 years
On Saturday, community members waved flags and showed their support as a processional traveled along the Evelyn Gandy Parkway. James smiled and waved from the passenger's seat of a truck. James is a 2007 graduate of Petal High School and has been in
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Making the Grade for June 3: Torrence Creek Elementary - Huntersville Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Fifth-grade A honor roll: Nathan Allen, Samantha Barnhardt, Zachary Braun, Brian Buchsbaum, Rachel Butler, Cole Cassidy, Katie Copley, Peyton Cox, Liam Dolaher, Michael Dorgan, Luke Ellmaker, Cheri Fulkerson, Evelyn Gandy, Katlyn Gonzalez, AJ Harris,
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A new speaker will change the Mississippi House - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
The last time was in 1976, when Cliff Finch of Batesville was inaugurated as governor, Evelyn Gandy of Hattiesburg was inaugurated as lieutenant governor and CB "Buddie" Newman of Valley Park was elected speaker. All were Democrats
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6-year-old injured in wreck dies - Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident – between US 49 and the Evelyn Gandy Parkway just north of the Bouie River Bridge. Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Todd Miller said a medical complication may have caused the accident
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Wetlands delaying completion of roadway - Hattiesburg American
Google News - almost 6 years
The boulevard begins at the Evelyn Gandy Parkway and runs north, ending at a curb of dense forest. MDOT will provide $1.44 million to extend the road roughly one mile northwest to Old Richton Road between West Drive and Green Hills Drive
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Roadway work aims to move traffic - Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
Hattiesburg American file photos Work continues on the Evelyn Gandy Parkway in Petal. The corridor is another long-term road project, that would link up Petal and eastern Hattiesburg with US 49 by extending the Gandy Parkway
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Moselle man, daughter killed in accident on Interstate-59 - Laurel Leader Call
Google News - almost 6 years
Joseph Gibson of Moselle was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck that occurred Sunday on Interstate 59 just north of the Bouie River bridge between Highway 49 and the Evelyn Gandy Parkway. His daughter, Jasmine Gibson, passed away just after 9 am
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Man killed in one-car accident - Hattiesburg American
Google News - almost 6 years
Joseph Gibson, 25, died while the child was transported by air to University Medical Center in Jackson for treatment, said Todd Miller, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman. The accident happened on I-59 between US 49 and the Evelyn Gandy Parkway just
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WASHINGTON TALK; FACING PRECONCEPTIONS OF WOMEN AS CANDIDATES
NYTimes - over 30 years
They are honest and sensitive politicians who care about the concerns of average people. They are good listeners. They would do a good job on issues like the environment and education. But they might have more problems than others when dealing with military or budget matters. They seem more suited to legislative office than an executive position.
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IN POLITICS, WOMEN RUN BY A DIFFERENT SET OF RULES
NYTimes - over 32 years
As the first woman to run on a major party's Presidential ticket, Geraldine A. Ferraro is unique. That does not mean, however, that she is unprecedented. She is not the first candidate faced with the mixture of advantages and handicaps common to women, nor is she the first to cause comment with her style of dress, to be accused of gaining a
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MISSISSIPPI DEMOCRAT SURMOUNTS SEX CHARGE
NYTimes - over 33 years
Bill Allain, a Democrat, overcame last- minute charges of soliciting sex from black men and easily swept to victory today in his bid for Governor of this conservative Southern state. Analysts attributed the defeat of the Republican, Leon Bramlett, to a backlash against smear tactics. Incomplete returns showed Mr. Allain, the Attorney General of
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MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR CANDIDATE DENIES HE EVER PAID MEN FOR SEX
NYTimes - over 33 years
Bill Allain, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Mississippi, has been accused by backers of his Republican rival of having had sexual relations with male prostitutes. He has denied the charges and said today he would take a polygraph, or lie-detector, test and make the results public. Mr. Allain, 55 years old, the State Attorney General, also
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NEWS SUMMARY; THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1983 International
NYTimes - over 33 years
Policy toward the Philippines was outlined by Reagan Administration officials. They said the Administration was prepared to dissociate itself from the Government of President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the event that he or his top associates were found responsible for the assassination of the opposition leader, Benigno S. Aquino Jr. But they stressed
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MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL CLAIMS NOMINATION
NYTimes - over 33 years
Bill Allain, the State Attorney General, claimed victory over Evelyn Gandy today as the Democratic nominee for Governor. At 10 P.M., four hours after the polls closed in a runoff election, United Press International and The Associated Press declared Mr. Allain the winner. Shortly thereafter he gave a victory speech, joined by Gov. William Winter.
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BLACK VOTE SEEN AS KEY TO RUNOFF IN MISSISSIPPI
NYTimes - over 33 years
R. SHIPP JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 22 - On the eve of a runoff election for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, so many Mississippians have still not decided between Evelyn Gandy and Bill Allain that the race is a tossup. Both candidates have been campaigning particularly hard for the black vote in the Delta, which is being regarded by most
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 86
    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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  • 2006
    Age 85
    In 2006, the Evelyn Gandy Parkway was opened, near Petal in her native Forrest County.
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  • 2000
    Age 79
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gandy died at age 87 after a lengthy bout with progressive supranuclear palsy, a debilitating illness similar to Parkinson's disease. She never married or had children.
  • 1983
    Age 62
    From 1983 until her death, she was engaged in private law practice in Hattiesburg.
    More Details Hide Details Gandy remained active in Mississippi Democratic politics until her death.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 58
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Eliminated in the primary was Jim Herring, a lawyer from Canton, who left the party and from 2001 to 2008 served as the Mississippi Republican Party chairman. Gandy lost the 1983 Democratic primary as well to Attorney General William "Bill" Allain, 405,348 (52.4 percent) to 367,953 (47.5 percent)). On her death, Winter called his former intraparty rival Gandy "one of Mississippi's most conscientious and able public leaders." While Gandy renounced her segregationist views in her gubernatorial campaigns, it is believed that those positions and her close relationship with Bilbo eroded her support among African Americans, a key segment of voters in the Mississippi Democratic Party.
  • 1975
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 51
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 42
    In 1963, she was elected to a second term as treasurer without opposition.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As treasurer, Gandy was the first to require that state monies be maintained in interest- bearing accounts.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 26
    A Democrat, Gandy was elected in 1947 to the Mississippi House of Representatives from Forrest County.
    More Details Hide Details Gandy earned a more progressive record in the statehouse, having supported legislation that favored increased funding for education and improved access to human services. Gandy also co-authored legislation that would create the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state's only medical school and teaching hospital at the time.
  • 1943
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was also the first woman editor of the Mississippi Law Journal and the first woman to be elected president of the law school student body. Following graduation from law school, Gandy served as secretary and campaign assistant to segregationist Mississippi Governor and United States Senator Theodore Bilbo. After Bilbo's death in 1947, Gandy returned to Hattiesburg to practice law.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on September 4, 1920.
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