Belva Ann LockwoodBelva Ann Lockwood
American Lawyer and Reformer
1830 – 1917 A.D.

Belva Ann Lockwood, an American lawyer and reformer, born at Royalton, N.Y. She studied law at Washington, and was admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia in 1873.

Before that time she had secured the passage of a bill giving women employees of the government equal pay for equal work. She became prominent as a woman practitioner, and obtained congressional action in favor of the admission of members of her sex to the U.S. Supreme Court, and was herself admitted to that practice in that court in 1879.

Her activity in temperance and woman suffrage caused her nomination in 1884 and 1888 as presidential candidate of the Equal Rights party, and she held numerous official positions.

Mrs. Lockwood frequently wrote and lectured on the reforms which she advocated, and she gave much attention and personal service to the rights of Indians.


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.

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