1st gentleman

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Mon Jul 12 16:01:52 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.

Being a life-long Unitarian, and hanging out with
Unitarian-Universalist ministers in the making, I would heartily


>>>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
>>Wells Hall A-740
>>Michigan State University
>>East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 USA
>>Office: (517) 353-0740
>>Fax: (517) 432-2736

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