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Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood
Birth: Oct. 24, 1830
Death: May 19, 1917

Suffragist. The first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court. She was born in Royalton, New York. After her husband died in 1853, she decided she needed an education to help support herself and her daughter. She attended Genesee College (later Syracuse University)and graduated in 1857. She was a teacher and school administrator for several years before deciding to move to Washington D.C. in 1866 to pursue a law degree. She was admitted to National University Law School (now the George Washington University School of Law). She finished her courses in 1873 but the school refused to give a diploma to a woman, she had to write a letter to President Ulysses Grant before she could receive it. In 1876 she started lobbying congress to pass a bill that would allow women to be admitted to the Bar of the US Supreme Court. After its passage, she became the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court with Kaiser v. Stickney in 1880. She was the presidential candidate for the National Equal Rights Party in 1884 and 1888 receiving an estimated 5,000 votes in 1884. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1983. (bio by: ChrisB) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Uriah Harrison McNall (1826 - 1853)*
  Ezekiel Lockwood (1802 - 1877)*
 
 Children:
  Lura McNall Ormes (1849 - 1894)*
  Jessie Belva Lockwood (1869 - 1870)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Congressional Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Range 78, Site 296
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- KE Tuttle
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014
In Honor of Belva Lockwood during Womans Month, March, 2014....from Pioneer Chapter NSDAR.
-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Dec. 16, 2013
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