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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