Former California first lady Virginia Knight dies at 92

Former California first lady Virginia Knight, who married Gov. Goodwin Knight in 1954 in the state's first gubernatorial wedding, has died in Los Angeles. She was 92.

The Los Angeles Times says her grandson confirmed she died Monday in her Hancock Park home after a lengthy illness.

Her grandson Jonathan Weedman says his mother was born to be first lady, saying she was a genuine, effusive person who people adored.

Virginia Knight was an early proponent of turning the Victorian governor's mansion, which was built in 1877 in Sacramento, into a museum honoring California's first ladies. She collected photographs of each first lady and hung them in the first-floor hallway.

After her husband lost the 1958 governors race to Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, the couple returned to Los Angeles. Goodwin Knight died in 1970.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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