Jordan, Barbara (1936 – 96)
Distinguished African-American; US congresswoman and Texas state senator.
APFDC – Autograph Postal First Day Cover honoring Ida B. Wells, journalist and reformer (1990). Professionally matted along with a 8″x10″ black and white litho print photograph of Ms. Jordan in a wheelchair, late in life. Shrink-wrap protected.
Congresswoman Jordan played a leading role in the impeachment trial of President Richard Nixon. Graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University. Earned her J.U.D. from Boston University. A longtime professor at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas.
The U.S. National Archives described Barbara Jordan as the first LGBTQ+ woman in Congress. Jordan’s partner of approximately 20 years was Nancy Earl, an educational psychologist who met Jordan on a camping trip in the late 1960s. Earl was an occasional speechwriter for Jordan and, later, cared for Jordan when Jordan began to suffer from multiple sclerosis in 1973. While the Houston Chronicle obituary of Jordan identified Earl as her “longtime companion”,and other sources have stated that Earl was Jordan’s same-sex partner, neither woman is to have publicly stated that the two had a romantic relationship.