Ada Harriet

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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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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another woman who pioneered and paved the way for other women....

Dec 11, 2018 03:49 AM #1
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Sometimes it amazes me the laws that were and still are on the books. Good for Ada. I admire our pioneers like Ada.

Dec 11, 2018 03:55 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Kudos for the law degree.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 11, 2018 04:01 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am sure there is more to the story about how she ended up in poverty. I may try to Google to find out.

Dec 11, 2018 04:11 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You remind me that we have come a long way, and we still have a long way to go. A

Dec 11, 2018 04:45 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Ada was a determined person! And what about the saloon-keepers son who missed? Bet he had a bad day! Enjoy your day!

Dec 11, 2018 04:50 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is crazy to think that we actually had laws as such back in the day, good thing that they no longer exist.

Dec 11, 2018 05:02 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Never knew about this great lady, James, or about that law! Times have changed for women and I'm happy for that!

Dec 11, 2018 05:21 AM #8
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Such a loss of talent.

Dec 11, 2018 05:57 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - an interesting twist in the story.  I though you were going to tell us the she campaigned for prohibition.

Dec 11, 2018 06:10 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is sooooooo sad. A really impressive woman though.

Dec 11, 2018 08:17 AM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great lesson James Dray .

Dec 11, 2018 12:50 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Another example of discrimination against our grandmothers and mothers James Dray 

Dec 11, 2018 01:52 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A legal equal opportunity trail blazer....applause !

Dec 11, 2018 03:19 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I am in awe of these wonderful women who had to pave the way for us. 

Dec 11, 2018 03:21 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow, that is amazing, what I want to know is did she shoot the intruder that shot her dog? Endre

Dec 11, 2018 10:38 PM #16
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning James Dray another trail blazer for women, thank you for another wonderful post!

Dec 12, 2018 03:50 AM #17
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

My Mothers name was Ada -- This is such a sad story .I cannot believe she was not allowed to practice law .. I agree with Endre Barath, Jr.  would like to know

Dec 13, 2018 12:53 PM #18
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