Saturday, February 11, 2012

On February 11

On this day in ...
... 1847 (165 years ago today), Ada Harriet Miser was born in Somerset, Ohio. The family eventually moved to St. Louis, and in 1867, she married a lawyer whose practice was in Effingham, a town in south. Ada H. Kepley (right) 1st worked as her husband's legal assistant; then, with his encouragement, she journeyed 200 miles north to study in Chicago, at what today is known as Northwestern University School of Law (coincidentally, also this 'Grrl's law alma mater). In 1870, she became the 1st woman in the United States to receive a law degree (she'd also later earn a Ph.D. at an Effingham college). Faced with a legal bar to practicing law (the same one that an IntLawGrrls foremother, Myra Bradwell, eventually would overturn), Kepley became active in temperance and women's suffrage movements, running as the Prohibition Party's candidate for state Attorney General in 1861. (credit for circa 1893 photo) Following the death of her husband in 1906, she tried to support herself by writing and farming. One result was her autobiography, A Farm Philosopher: A Love Story (1912). She "died a charity case" in 1925.

(Prior February 11 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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