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Georgia Neese Clark. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.


Clark, Georgia Neese (27 January 1898–26 October 1995), U.S. treasurer, was born Georgia Neese in Richland, Kansas, the daughter of Albert Neese, a farmer and businessman, and Ellen O'Sullivan Neese. Her father, a self-made man, had prospered in the years before her birth and become the town's leading citizen, owning much of its property as well as the bank and general store. Although a Presbyterian, Georgia Neese briefly attended a small Catholic college in nearby Topeka after graduating from high school in 1917, then transferred to Washburn University in that city. She majored in economics at Washburn and was also active on campus, serving as president of several student organizations, including the drama club. Determined to become an actress, she moved to New York City following graduation in 1921 and enrolled at Sargent's Dramatic School....


Priest, Ivy Maude Baker (07 September 1905–23 June 1975), political and governmental official, was born in Kimberly, Utah, the daughter of Orange Decatur Baker, a miner, and Clara Fernley. The family moved in 1911 to Bingham Canyon, where her mother became active in local political affairs. Through her mother, Ivy became interested in politics. As a teenage Republican worker in Bingham she tended children and ran errands for voters at election time....