Verda James, a schoolteacher, deputy director of public instruction for the state of Wyoming, assistant superintendent of the Natrona County schools, and later a faculty member at Casper College, was first elected to the Wyoming House in 1954. She served eight terms. During the last term, 1969-1970, she was elected House speaker, the first woman to serve in that position for a full term.
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|Spence, Gerry - interview||Wyoming State Archives|
|Stepp, Alonzo, black rancher in the Green River Valley||Jonita Sommers, WyoHistory.org|
|Stewart, Elinore Pruitt, Writer and Homesteader||Barbara Allen Bogart|
|Strausner, Adam LeRoy, oral history||Dana Van Burgh|
|Sullivan, Mike||Wyoming State Archives|
|Sullivan, Mike, U.S. ambassador to Ireland, oral history||Tom Rea|
|Swain, Louisa, first woman to vote under Wyoming Territory’s new woman suffrage law||Wyoming State Archives|
|Tarquinio, Enzo||Laura E. Ruberto|
|Thaxton, Edith, on Dances in the Bighorn Basin||Washakie Museum and Cultural Center|
|Thayer, John||Wyoming State Archives|
People & Peoples
The clear, quiet poetry and fiction of Robert Roripaugh, poet laureate of Wyoming from 1995 through 2002, has long been informed by his youth on his family’s ranch near Lander. In the early 1950s, Roripaugh won bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of the Wyoming before spending two years with the U.S. Army in Japan, where he met and married his wife, Yoshiko. In 1958, the Atlantic Monthly published a short story, and Roripaugh has been publishing and winning prizes on a national level ever since. Also that year he began teaching in the English department at the University of Wyoming, rising to the rank of full professor before retiring in 1993.