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 Alta M. Hulett

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Alta M. Hulett

  • Birth 4 Jun 1854 Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 26 Mar 1877 San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Plot Division 3, Section 1, Lot 14, Grave 3
  • Memorial ID 9735025

Pioneer Woman Lawyer. She learned telegraphy when only ten years of age, was a successful operator and went on to teach and employ in the study of law. In 1872, she passed the required examination and applied for admission to the bar, but was rejected on account of her sex. She went to Chicago and secured the passage of a bill through the state legislature, giving all women, whether married or single, the right to practice law. In 1873, she was admitted to the bar and licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois, becoming Illinois' first female attorney. She soon relocated to California where she remained till her death at age 22. On October 24, 1957, eighty years after her death, the woman lawyers of San Diego County dedicated a new stone on her grave in her honor and in 2004, the Illinois BAR issued it's first Alta M. Hulett Award, to honor deserving women attorneys.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 31 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9735025
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alta M. Hulett (4 Jun 1854–26 Mar 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9735025, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by John "J-Cat" Griffith (contributor 46568383) .