Ada Harriet Miser was born in Somerset, Ohio back in 1847 to Henry and Ann. In 1860, the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. In 1867, she met and married another Henry. She attended the Old University of Chicago, which is now known as Northwestern University. She graduated in 1870.
After graduation, she was passionate about the temperance and women’s suffrage movements. She founded the Band of Hope youth-oriented temperance group in Effingham, Illinois. She openly went after saloons and the patrons. In 1897, an angered saloon-keeper’s son broke into her home and attempted to shoot her, but missed and shot one of her dogs. After her husband’s death in 1906, she fell into hard times and died a charity case in St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in 1925.
What you may not know about Ada Harriet Miser Kepley is that she was the first American woman to graduate from law school. There was a law which prohibited her from legal practice, saying in part a woman was denied a “learned profession”. That law was overturned in 1881.
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