Margaret Taylor Hance
|52nd Mayor of Phoenix|
|Preceded by||Timothy A. Barrow|
|Succeeded by||Terry Goddard|
|Born||July 2, 1923|
Spirit Lake, Iowa
|Died||April 29, 1990(aged 66)|
|Spouse(s)||Richard M. Hance|
|Alma mater||Scripps College|
Margaret Taylor Hance (July 2, 1923 – April 29, 1990) was the first female mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, taking office in 1976. She proved popular, winning four consecutive two-year terms, from 1976 to 1983.
Mrs. Hance was the president of the Junior League of Phoenix, a volunteer organization for women who want to improve the community, from 1959-1960.
In 1967, Hance began producing documentaries for a local PBS affiliate. She decided to get involved in local politics after her husband died in 1970. Among her first significant public initiatives was creating the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, for which she was unofficially known as the "Mother of Mountain Preserve."
Awards and honors
- Woman of the Year, 1978, Advertising Club
- Centennial Award, Salvation Army
- President, National Conference of Republican Mayors and Elected Officials, 1982
- The Margaret T. Hance Park that is on top of the Deck Park Tunnel in Phoenix is named after Hance.
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