William B. Ross

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William Ross
12th Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 1, 1923 – October 2, 1924
Preceded by Robert D. Carey
Succeeded by Frank E. Lucas
Personal details
Born (1873-12-04)December 4, 1873
Dover, Tennessee
Died October 2, 1924(1924-10-02) (aged 50)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nellie Tayloe Ross
Religion Episcopalian

William Bradford Ross (December 4, 1873 – October 2, 1924) was the 12th Governor of Wyoming from January 1, 1923 to October 2, 1924.

Early life and education

Ross was born in Dover, Tennessee to Ambrose B. Ross and Sue (Gray) Ross.


Ross decided to practice law in the West and moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. His general law practice there was successful and he became one of the leaders of the Democratic Party in the state. He ran for office several times, but always lost in heavily Republican Wyoming.[citation needed]

In 1922, Ross was elected governor of Wyoming by appealing to progressive voters in both parties. He advocated stronger Prohibition laws and called for tax cuts, government assistance for poor farmers, banking reform, and laws protecting children, women workers, and miners. He was a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention.


After little more than a year and a half in office, Ross died at the age of 50 from complications following an appendectomy. Soon after, his widow, Nellie Taylor Ross was elected and became the first female governor in United States history.[citation needed]

Personal life

Ross met Nellie Davis Taylor in Dover while she was on a visit to her relatives. They married on September 11, 1902, in Omaha, Nebraska and had four sons: twins George Tayloe and James Ambrose (born 1903), Alfred Duff, (born April 13, 1905 and died ten months later, February 18, 1906), and William Bradford (born 1912).[citation needed]

Ross was an Episcopalian, a Freemason, and a member of Kiwanis. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Carey
Governor of Wyoming
January 1, 1923 – October 2, 1924
Succeeded by
Frank E. Lucas