|Nevada Government & Politics|
In 1906 Frazier came west to teach in Genoa, then moved on and taught in different schools around the state. By 1921 she was a deputy superintendent for the Department of Education. She worked out of Las Vegas, but covered a large territory in a car she named Teddy (after Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders). She went to work as a superintendent for the Las Vegas School District in 1927, staying there until her retirement in 1946.
After retirement, Frazier launched a political career. She won a seat in the Assembly in 1950 and was a state legislator for 12 years. Frazier was an important promoter of a college for southern Nevada.
In 1962 Lieutenant Governor
Rex Bell died in office and Maude Frazier was appointed to fill that vacancy.
She was the first woman to hold that office. (In 1991 Sue Wagner became
the second woman to be Lieutenant Governor, but the first to be elected
to the office.) Maude Frazier died in her sleep a few months after
leaving office in 1963.
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