Annette Cronise Lutes

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Annette Cronise Lutes was born in Tiffin, Ohio back in 1843 to Jacob and Katherine.  Her birth name was Annette Staub, however her parents divorced while she was still young.  Annette and her sister and mother moved to her grandparents and changed their last name to Cronise.  He attended Heidelberg College and the State Normal School in Bloomington, Indiana.

She began studying law at the office of Warren P. Noble.  Annette married Nelson while studying law in 1874.  She joined her husband who was losing his hearing and needed her assistance.  She died in 1923, she was 79.

What you may not know about Annette “Nettie” Cronise Lutes is that she was the first woman admitted to the bar in the state of Ohio.  After her husband died in 1900, she was joined by her daughter Evlyn Latta Lutes, who was admitted to the bar in 1905, making it the first known mother-daughter law practice in the nation.  The women’s section of the Ohio State Bar awards the Nettie Cronise Lutes Award annually, to women lawyers who have “improved the legal profession through their own high level of professionalism and who have opened door for other women and girls”.

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Comments (20)

Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Good morning James.  I have missed your stories but am glad to be back in the Rain this morning.  You always have interesting ones to read.  What a great accomplishment for this mother and daughter. Thanks for always sharing interesting stories! Have a great day!

Aug 07, 2021 03:52 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A good first for the state of Ohio.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Aug 07, 2021 04:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nettie was a first that had a daughter follow in her foot steps. Enjoy your day.

Aug 07, 2021 05:10 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

So the first mother and daughter in law practice together, I think that's a nice accomplishment!

Aug 07, 2021 05:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - she had an interesting life and story. Thank you for sharing. 

Aug 07, 2021 05:42 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The legal profession is quite an interesting thing and one that I have never been very fond of since it seems that money means more than what is actually right or wrong.

Aug 07, 2021 06:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

Another enlightening story and life in the legal profession.  How great that there is an award that came out of it for future generations. A

Aug 07, 2021 06:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, wonderful to hear another first made by women in Ohio!  

Aug 07, 2021 06:35 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I'm sure they were a lawyer team!

Aug 07, 2021 06:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... it's always so strange to me to read about divorce back in the mid-1800's. No doubt that this amazing woman rose above her early family situation and made the most of her life and talents.

Aug 07, 2021 06:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 07, 2021 07:50 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! That is quite the honorable distinction indeed

Aug 07, 2021 08:14 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another great American. I love the stories of people who fight against odds to succeed.

Aug 07, 2021 09:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great story - wonderful that she achieved what she did, but I was most impressed by the mother-daughter first!

Aug 07, 2021 10:08 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - that is a nice story and it is great to be first at something.

Aug 07, 2021 10:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- we may take it for granted today but for this accomplishment in those days, that was really remarkable. 

Aug 07, 2021 12:57 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - After reading Nina Hollander, Broker comment, it got me thinking about the divorce as well.  She obviously was a very independent woman and well ahead of her time. 

Aug 07, 2021 04:29 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was glad I  read this climb through adversity. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Aug 07, 2021 09:56 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I am so glad I stopped in it has been a while, and indeed what a surprise I had no idea, Endre

Aug 07, 2021 11:56 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That is some pretty cool history James Dray . I especially like the part that she was joined by her daughter.

Aug 09, 2021 06:15 AM