8 Quotes from Belva Ann Lockwood that will make you fall in love with her.

Here are some quotes from Belva Ann Lockwood (10/24/1830-1912), who was America's first female attorney, she began her career after being a school teacher for a number of years after graduating from Genesee College in Lima, NY, which later became a part of Syracuse University.

After her first husband died, she became fascinated with politics and moved to Washington D.C. where she went to Law School, which we now know as The George Washington University Law School. Atty. Lockwood was the second woman to ever run for President of the United States(the first was Victoria Woodhull) but the first to have her name appear on the ballot in 1884 and 1888.

A few years before that, even though she had earned her law degree she was not allowed to practice law, so she lobbied Congress from 1874-1879. In 1879, the bill was passed that any woman qualified could practice in any federal court and 1880 she became the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the U.S. there are three cities names after her, Belva, West Virginia, Lockwood, California and Lockwood, West Virginia, many little girls, Navy war ships and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp in 1986.

She also penned a book ""How I Ran for the Presidency".

Belva Ann Lockwood said...


  1. The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.”

  2. “No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals.”

  3. “I know we can't abolish prejudice through laws, but we can set up guidelines for our actions by legislation.”

  4. “I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade - or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere.”

  5. “If nations could only depend upon fair and impartial judgments in a world court of law, they would abandon the senseless, savage practice of war.”

  6. "...for no other purpose than to see what was being done at this great political centre -- this seething pot-- to learn something of the practical workings of the machinery of government, and to see what the great men and women of the country felt and thought."{on why Belva headed to Washington D.C.}

  7. "Even if women in the United States are not permitted to vote, there is no law against their being voted for and, if elected, filling the highest office … Why not nominate women for important places?… The Republican Party… has little but insult for women when they appear before its conventions. It is time we had our own party, our own platform and our own nominees."

  8. "We cannot stop fighting until such legislation is passed, no matter what ridicule and humiliation we suffer doing so."

Further Reading

Fox, Mary Virginia, Lady for the Defense: A Biography of Belva Lockwood, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.

Kerr, Laura, The Girl Who Ran for President, Thomas Nelson, 1947.

American History Illustrated, March 1985.

Ms., July/August 1998.

Sky & Telescope, May 1995.

Smithsonian, March 1981.

Stamps, June 23, 1984; June 7, 1986; July 5, 1986.

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