Blanch Fay Wright Stevenson

A cream colored dress with a V-neck and mid-length sleeves. The bodice is covered in a cream lace.
Photo courtesy of Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas.

Blanch Fay Wright was born in Gillespie County, Texas. The family later moved to Junction, Texas. Blanch Fay Wright met Coke Stevenson, a young bank cashier, and they were married in 1912.

  • Coke Stevenson's study of law contributed to his interest in politics. He became a county judge, a member of the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House. He was also elected lieutenant governor. 
  • 1941 - Lt. Governor Coke Stevenson became governor when W. Lee O'Daniel resigned. Governor Stevenson was then elected for a full term.

Blanch Fay Wright Stevenson's gown pictured here was presented by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Coke R. Stevenson, Jr., to the Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection. The actual gown worn by Blanch Fay Wright Stevenson to her husband's inaugration was a gown made of black crepe. She wore a small hat with a bluebird on the front.