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Nancy Putnam Hollister (right) was born in Marietta, an Ohio city across the river from West Virginia. (photo credit) At age 32 Hollister, a Kent State graduate and a Republican, was elected city councilmember. She was mayor of her hometown from 1984 till 1991, when she was appointed director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia, concerned with 29 Ohio countries in that multistate region. Elected lieutenant governor in 1994, she filled a vacancy to become Ohio's only woman governor, for 11 days in December 1998 and January 1999. She lost her last election, for the Ohio state legislature, in 2004 – a defeat attributed to her opposition to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
(Prior May 22 posts here, here, here, here, and here.)