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Ivy Baker Priest

In office
28 January 1953 – 29 January 1961
Preceded by Georgia Neese Clark
Succeeded by Elizabeth Rudel Smith

Born 7 September 1905
Kimberly, Utah
Died 23 June 1975
Priest's signature, as used on American currency

Ivy Baker Priest (September 7, 1905 – June 23, 1975) was an American political figure. Born in Kimberly, Utah,[1] she was a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2]

Priest ran for Congress in Utah on the Republican ticket in 1934 and 1950, losing both times. However, she became nationally known by serving as United States Treasurer under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from January 28, 1953 to January 29, 1961, at which time her signature appeared on all U.S. currency. She was later elected as a Republican to the office of California State Treasurer, serving two terms from 1967 until her death in 1975.

Priest was the mother of Pat Priest, an actress best known for playing Marilyn Munster in the 1960s television show The Munsters. Pat Priest also appeared as a contestant on What's My Line?.


"We women don't care too much about getting our pictures on money as long as we can get our hands on it."
"We seldom stop to think how many peoples' lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed."
"The World is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning."


  1. ^ Utah History to Go: Ivy Baker Priest
  2. ^ Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. (May 1976). "Statistical Report 1975". Ensign (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). ISBN 0642017409. Retrieved 2008-11-09.  

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