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College of the Sisters of Bethany students, Topeka, Kansas

College of the Sisters of Bethany students, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: King, Ernest V., 1874-1964
Date: May 14, 1916
This is a photograph of Miss Marguerite Koontz's students rehearsing for the Sisters of Bethany College Alumnae May Fete. The performance took place in Central Park, Saturday, May 20, 1916. Georgia Neese, far left, was one of the older girls participating in the May Fete. The other participants were Elizabeth Hopkins, Margaret Ray, Jessie Burnett, Helen Lucus, Joanna Gleed, Beatrice Shakeshaft and one unidentified girl.


Five dollar bill signed by Georgia Neese Clark Gray

Five dollar bill signed by Georgia Neese Clark Gray
Date: 1950
A five dollar bill signed by Georgia Neese Clark Gray, 1900-1995, of Richland, Kansas. Gray was National Committeewoman for the Democratic Party, 1936-1964, and was appointed by President Harry S. Truman on June 9, 1949 as the first woman to serve as the U. S. Treasurer, 1949-1953.


Georgia Neese Clark Gray

Georgia Neese Clark Gray
Date: Between 1935 and 1940
A formal portrait of Georgia Neese Clark Gray, 1900-1995, of Richland, Kansas. Gray was National Committeewoman for the Democratic Party, 1936-1964, and was appointed by President Harry S. Truman on June 9, 1949 as the first woman to serve as the U. S. Treasurer, 1949-1953.


Georgia Neese Clark Gray

Georgia Neese Clark Gray
Date: 1949
This is a signed studio portrait of Georgia Neese Clark Gray, 1900-1995. Gray was National Committeewoman for the Democratic Party, 1936-1964. On June 9, 1949, President Harry S. Truman appointed her as the first woman to serve as the U. S. Treasurer. She served from 1949-1953. She was born in 1898 in Richland, Kansas, to Albert and Ellen Neese, Gray attended school in Topeka and graduated from Washburn College in 1921. During college, she developed an interest in acting and after graduation attended the Franklin Sargent School of Dramatic Art and spent nearly ten years acting with various stock companies. She married her manager, George M. Clark in 1929. They divorced in the mid-1940s. She started working at her father's Richland State Bank as an assistant cashier in 1935 and became president in 1937 following his death. She became active in the state Democratic Party and was elected National Committee Woman in Kansas in 1936, a position she held until 1964. She was an articulate and well-liked representative of the party and an early supporter of Harry Truman. It was this support that brought about her nomination as the first woman to be Treasurer of the United States. She served in that office from June 1949 until January 1953 when Truman left office.


Topeka Railroad Days, Topeka, Kansas

Topeka Railroad Days, Topeka, Kansas
Date: August 30, 1986
These four photographs of show several prominent Topekans at Topeka Railroad Days. Image one from left to right has Dr. Karl Menninger (seated), Andy Gray, Georgia Neese Clark Gray (seated), and Jean Menninger. Image two has Cindy and Judge Richard Dean Rogers on the Topeka Trolley. Dr. Karl Menninger is on the right in image three. Image four has Andy Gray on the left and Dr. Karl Menninger seated on the right.


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