Dorothy McCullough

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Dorothy McCullough was born in Oakland, California back in 1901 to Frank and Flora.   Her formal education was limited until she entered Rogers High School in Newport, Rhode Island graduating when she was 16.  She continued her education earning a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1921.

In 1923, he earned her J.D. from the same institution.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1923.  She married William in 1924, moving with him to Portland, Oregon.  She was admitted to the bar in Oregon where she began a small private practice. In 1931 she and Gladys M. Everett created Oregon’s first all-woman law firm.  She was appointed to the Oregon Senate from 1932-43.  She was appointed to the U.S. Board of Parole by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Subversive Activities Control Board.  She resigned in 1962 to resume her law practice and to serve as a lecturer at Portland State University and the University of Portland.

What you may not know about Dorothy McCullough Lee is that she was the first female mayor of Portland, Oregon.  She held that office from 1949 to 1953.

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Comments (16)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being the first to do something that hasn't been done is quite an accomplishment.  I would assume she might be a tough cookie to deal with, haha.

Apr 25, 2021 04:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - it's nice to see California natives achieving good things.  Even when some of their successes occur out of state.  

Apr 25, 2021 05:00 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

She had an illustrious career and would probably be dismayed with the affairs of Portland!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 25, 2021 05:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - we have another person who was a trailblazer.  Always a new frontier.

Apr 25, 2021 05:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Dorothy was a real go-getter who succeeded in being first. Enjoy your day.

Apr 25, 2021 05:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

My kind of woman, Dorothy! I wonder what she would think about what's going on in Portland these days.

Apr 25, 2021 06:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Apr 25, 2021 09:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story of  Dorothy's accomplishments.  Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. A

Apr 25, 2021 09:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Not someone I have read or heard about but an interesting read. Wonder what she would think about what's been happening in Portland these days?

Apr 25, 2021 10:28 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good afternoon James! And that was quite an accomplishment back then

Apr 25, 2021 10:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Obviously a brilliant tyhinker who did not let streotypical obsticals get in her way James. She should indeed be honored for whom she was.

Apr 25, 2021 03:25 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

I echo Nina's thoughts!  I am sure many are missing her leadership ability. 

Apr 25, 2021 05:38 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another hero of history.  Dorothy was a determined and well accomplished first.  I always enjoy reading about these firsts to accomplish something.

Apr 25, 2021 06:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- Another accomplished woman!!!!  Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories with us. 

Apr 25, 2021 06:41 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had no idea that Dorothy McCullough  had such a lengthy resume before becoming the mayor of Portland Oregon. Thank you for sharing James 🙂

Apr 25, 2021 06:50 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Interesting. For some reason, they have more opportunities for females in that area. Have met more women on construction crews there than anywhere else.

May 11, 2021 07:17 AM