Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gail Laughlin

Born this day in 1868: Gail Laughlin (1868–1952), first woman lawyer in Maine and long-time public servant

Laughlin graduated from Cornell Law School and became the first woman to practice law in Maine. She practiced law in several other states as well and held a judgeship in San Francisco. She served three terms in the Maine house of representatives (1927–1934) and three terms in the Maine senate (1937–1941). Laughlin was a suffragist and introduced various legislation to protect the rights of women and children; she was also a defender of animals, wildlife, and the environment.

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