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Thyra Thomson

In this oral history, former Wyoming Secretary of State is interviewed by historian Mark Junge for his book titled "The Wind is My Witness" (published in 1997). Republican Thyra Thomson was the widow of a popular Wyoming politician, Congressman Keith Thomson, and was able to transfer the admiration for her late husband into an electoral victory.

She was able to win reelection on five separate occasions, and ultimately served as Wyoming’s Secretary of State from 1963 to 1987, when she decided to retire from public life. While serving as Secretary of State, Mrs. Thomson witnessed the continuing presence of gender discrimination in the Equality State, and became a fierce advocate for equal rights.

Thyra Thomson
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