Fay Webb-Gardner

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Fay Lamar Webb-Gardner (September 7, 1885 – January 16, 1969) was an American political hostess, businesswoman, and philanthropist. As the wife of Oliver Max Gardner, she served as the Second Lady of North Carolina from 1917 to 1923 and as First Lady of North Carolina from 1929 to 1933. When her husband's political career took them to Washington, D.C., she became known as a prominent society and political hostess and was considered one of the most popular figures in American political circles of the time. Webb-Gardner was active in cultural and civic endeavors and was a member of the American Red Cross, the Woman's Missionary Union, the North Carolina Symphony Society, the National Civic League, and the League of Women Voters, as well as Chairwoman of the North Carolina State Advisory Board of Paroles. A Democrat, she served on the North Carolina Democratic Committee and the Democratic National Committee, and was twice elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

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Fay Webb-Gardner
Webb-Gardner in wedding attire in 1907
First Lady of North Carolina
Assumed role
January 11, 1929  January 5, 1933
GovernorOliver Max Gardner
Preceded byMargaret French McLean
Succeeded byMatilda Haughton Ehringhaus
Second Lady of North Carolina
Assumed role
January 11, 1917  January 12, 1921
GovernorThomas Walter Bickett
Lieutenant GovernorOliver Max Gardner
Preceded byMary Odom Daughtridge
Personal details
Fay Lamar Webb

September 7, 1885
Shelby, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1969(1969-01-16) (aged 83)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Resting placeSunset Cemetery,
Shelby, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseOliver Max Gardner
Parent(s)James L. Webb
Kansas Love Andrews
RelativesEdwin Y. Webb (uncle)
Margaret Gardner Hoey (sister-in-law)
EducationLucy Cobb Institute

Gardner–Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, was named after her and her husband after they made significant financial contributions to the school. Webb later served on the university's board of trustees and as the president of the Gardner Foundation, which helped support the university. An amateur genealogist and member of a prominent North Carolinian family, Webb-Gardner was active in the Colonial Dames of America, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.