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 Belva Ann <I>Bennett</I> Lockwood

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood

Birth
Royalton Center, Niagara County, New York, USA
Death 19 May 1917 (aged 86)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Range 78, Site 296
Memorial ID 1559 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1559
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (24 Oct 1830–19 May 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1559, citing Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .