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First Ladies of Missouri

Their Homes and Their Families

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By Jerena East Giffen. $24.95. Hardback. 342 pages.

An Indian Princess, daughter of the great chief of the Missouris, danced for the court of Louis XV in France in 1725. Her hair was long and dark and her eyes black, constrasting with the fair skin and powdered hair of the ladies of the court... Her dancing finished, the princess returned to her faraway village on the bank of the Missouri River and started her reign as the first, first lady of a New World area later to bearn the name of her Indian tribe.

It took 200 years for the first ladies of the Missouri region to acquire identities before the public... One young first lady dies and less than a year later her husband is accused of misconduct during the defense of his village. An unrequited love adds to the melancholy of a successful explorer and he dies -- perhaps by suicide -- while serving as a young territorial governor.

At least two governors choose to curtail their careers at their wives' requests...

The public accomplishments of the governors' wives and their families can be readily reviewed. The more personal contributions can only be glimpsed and guessed. The recounting of these incidents is the story of the First Ladies of Missouri.

"Missouri is approaching her 150th birthday. It is appropriate that this book is completed now. It tells the history from the viewpoint of life in the Governor's Mansion... This is an informative, interesting and charming book... I express my thanks... for the great contribution to Missouri." -- from the foreword for the first edition by Betty Cooper Hearnes

"First Ladies of Missouri is a worthwhile job, well done. The account is lively and entertaining, and yet reveals an important aspect of executive history all too often overlooked." -- William Parrish, formerly of Westminster College

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