1st gentleman

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 12 15:50:47 UTC 2004

At 11:16 AM -0400 7/12/04, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>Not so. michigan.gov recognizes Daniel Granholm Mulhern as "First
>Gentleman," even in his web address:

Interesting.  We have our second married female governor in my memory
in CT, and neither husband was or is so designated, as far as I know.
The husband of the female minister at our Unitarian-Universalist
society is also not "first gentleman", but I would predict based on
general properties of the UU (non-)creed that when a male Unitarian
minister is married, his wife (or husband, as the case may be) is
likewise undesignated as first whatever.


>>At 4:32 AM -0700 7/12/04, Margaret Lee wrote:
>>>I'm a member of a large church with eight associate
>>>pastors/ministers (four of whom are women), but there's only one
>>>first lady--the wife of the pastor.
>>What happens when the pastor is a woman, and married?  Is there a
>>label for her husband?  (I know the same question would arise for the
>>husband of a (female) president or governor, and I think the answer
>>is that there's no such label, because there's no role of "first
>>gentleman" or whatever, but I just wanted to confirm this intuition.)
>Dennis R. Preston
>University Distinguished Professor
>Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic,
>        Asian and African Languages
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>Michigan State University
>East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 USA
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