Gail Laughlin, Nineteenth Century Lawyer and Rights Activist

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"Gail Laughlin" from Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Today is the birthday of Gail Laughlin (1868-1952), an 1898 graduate of Cornell Law School.    She served in the Maine House (1927-1934) and the Maine Senate (1937-1941).  She was an early advocate for woman suffrage and for the prevention of cruelty against animals.  She practiced law in New York, Colorado, California and Maine.  

An excerpt from Notable American Women is here.  More info also available  here  and here.

-Bridget Crawford

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One Response to Gail Laughlin, Nineteenth Century Lawyer and Rights Activist

  1. efink says:

    According to “Notable American Women”, Laughlin was “[a]n ardent angler”. When I eventually get around to my long-deferred project on lawyers and fishing, I will be sure to include her.

    I wonder what was the nature of the “house servant problem” that she was appointed to investigate.

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