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Ferdinan B. Nancy Stevenson

“Not one of the good old boys!”1Ferdinan B. Nancy Stevenson – First woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of SC

Ferdinan B. Nancy Stevenson

Sometimes politics runs in the family. Ferdinan B. Nancy Stevenson, granddaughter of Charleston Congressman George Legare, followed the family career path down the political road. But she also blazed new trails as the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.

Born in New York, Stevenson was raised in Charleston. She returned to New England to attend Smith College. After graduating and spending time in Sweden, she worked as a reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune. She later moved back to Charleston and become active in historic preservation, theater, writing fiction and politics.

To gain support for a different kind of representative, Stevenson adopted the slogan “not one of the good old boys!” In 1978, she became the first and, to date, the only, woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. As a strong proponent of accountability, she created a telephone hotline that helped citizens get in touch with state agencies. She also began the Lieutenant Governor’s writing competition which continues today.


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