arriving in Washington Priest submitted her signature to the Treasury
to be used in printing all U.S. bills. To ensure that her name was legible
and in her best hand she wrote it 30 times and sent all 30 to the Treasury.
They chose the first one she had written. Back in Utah Priest became
quite a celebrity, especially in Bountiful where she had been living.
Bountiful businessmen and the South Davis Chamber of Commerce secured
a special shipment of the first dollar bills printed with Priest's name
and distributed them to local businesses to give customers as change
in the Bountiful, Centerville, and North Salt Lake areas. In addition,
a Salt Lake Tribune editorial commented that "all Utahns will read with
pride and pleasure the signature 'Ivy Baker Priest' on their paper money."
After her eight
years in national office Priest continued her political career in California where she successfully ran for state treasurer in 1966 and again in
1970, becoming the first woman elected to a statewide office there and
serving alongside Gov. Ronald Reagan.
political career ended June 23, 1975, when she died of cancer. Such
dignitaries as Dr. William Banowsky, president of Pepperdine University,
Ronald Reagan, and Art Linkletter, attended her funeral.
See: Ivy Baker
Priest, Green Grows Ivy (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958); biographical
clipping files, Utah State Historical Society Library; Beehive History
W. Paul Reeve,
the Blazer, June 1995