Clarissa Shortridge

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Clarissa Shortridge was born in Milton, Indiana back in 1849 to Elias and Talitha. The family moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa just prior to the Civil War. She attended a co-educational school (rare at the time). When she was 15 she eloped with a farmer and Civil War veteran Jeremiah. They settled in San Jose, California in 1872.

In 1876, her husband deserted her and their 5 children, never to be seen again. To support her family, she began studying law in the office of a local judge. She also started giving lectures starting in 1877 on suffrage.   She became a leader in the woman’s voting rights movement. She died in 1934, she was 85.

What you may not know about Clara Shortridge Foltz is that she was the first female lawyer on the West Coast, the first female clerk for the State Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, the first female appointed to the State Board of Correction, the first female licensed Notary Public the first female named director of a major band and the first woman to run for Governor of California when she was 81.

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

Good morning, James Dray she surely was a lot of "firsts"..... Governor at 81? that took a lot of running at that age....

Jan 14, 2020 02:47 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - lots of firsts and borne out of necessity.  An accomplished woman.

Jan 14, 2020 03:25 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And the morale of the story is don't mess with Clarissa. Enjoy your day!

Jan 14, 2020 04:27 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a woman, and she didn't let age stop her from shooting for her goals. Running for governor, pretty amazing.

Jan 14, 2020 04:34 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - her name is certainly well-known by me and other Angelenos who have ever served on jury duty in Downtown Los Angeles.  A county courthouse bears her name. 

Jan 14, 2020 04:50 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She was such a driven women that gave back so much from her talents.

Jan 14, 2020 05:20 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is quite the boatload of firsts for one person and it'as amazing.

Jan 14, 2020 06:07 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, such an incredible woman!  I always admire single mothers for their hard work!

Jan 14, 2020 06:14 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I always get excited when I see a woman's name in your post title. And Clarissa is so my kind of woman and should be an inspiration to young girls every where.

Jan 14, 2020 06:50 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This was certainly some kind of brilliant woman. :)

Jan 14, 2020 06:59 AM #10
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love her "CAN DO" attitude James Dray as opposed to living off of welfare as many would do in this day and age had they ended up in the same circumstances.

Jan 14, 2020 07:25 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love this story just goes to show that when someone is given lemons in life, they definitely can make lemonade out of it.  A

Jan 14, 2020 07:34 AM #12
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

When one puts their mind to it they may accomplish everything!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 14, 2020 07:39 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, lots of first and to raise 5 kids (must of been a set of twins) she made lots out of her life.


Jan 14, 2020 09:50 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

wow, James! Lots of firsts!!! What a courageous woman!  Imagine what she had to go through. 

Jan 14, 2020 12:13 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the extremely impressive story of Clarissa Shortridge.  Teaching us that, we too can be the first to do something - if we put our mind to it.

Jan 14, 2020 09:28 PM #16
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

The classic "when life gives you lemons". 

Jan 15, 2020 03:56 AM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Ahhh,...a "She shark" that broke the ceiling !

Jan 15, 2020 04:51 AM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Wow, she certainly was a woman of many firsts after having to confront a mos challenging situation.


Jan 16, 2020 02:31 PM #19
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
Clarissa sure didn't sit around having a pity party, did she? She figured out a way to support her large family and make a real difference!  I hope her husband died penniless and homeless but I guess we'll never know. 

Jan 20, 2020 02:09 PM #20
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