Mary C. Arthur

Time Period

1910-1940

Subject Categories

Law

Notable Facts

Twelfth woman admitted to the Vermont Bar. Member of the Burlington Business and Professional Women. Received a Good Citizen Award from the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Secretary and Treasurer for the Chittenden County Bar.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

12/11/1904

Date of Death

09/11/2004

Primary Residence

Burlington

Historical Significance

Mary Arthur was born in Burlington, VT. After graduating from high school in 1923, she was hired as a temp to replace the secretary at the law offices of Martin Vilas. After a year of work for the law office, Arthur began her clerkship under Attorney Vilas. In 1929, she became the twelfth woman admitted to the Vermont Bar.

On November 9, 1929, Arthur opened her own law office, on Main Street in Burlington, VT, which focused primarily on real estate and administrative law. To supplement her income during the Depression, Mary Arthur also worked as a court reporter in Newport, VT.

In 1939, she married her husband, Harold J. Arthur. They then practiced in Burlington as partners of Arthur and Arthur. Harold Arthur served as Lieutenant Governor from 1949-1950 and as Governor of Vermont from 1950-1951 when Ernest W. Gibson resigned to become a U.S. District Judge. In 1971, Harold Arthur passed away.

Five years after her husband's death, Mary Arthur moved her practiced to her home where she continued to work until 1994.

In addition to being an attorney, Arthur also served as secretary and treasurer for the Chittenden County Bar from 1932 to 1994. She was a member of the Burlington Business and Professional Women. Arthur also received a Good Citizen Award from the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Organizations or Movements

  • Burlington Vermont Business and Professional Women
  • Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Occupations

  • Secretary
  • lawyer
  • court reporter
  • Secretary for Chittenden County Bar
  • Treasurer for Chittenden County Bar.

Education

  • High School

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Celebrating Vermont's First 100 Women Lawyers" Link

  • UVM Special Collections Link

  • Burlington Business & Professional Women Link

Additional Images

Burlington, VT
Burlington, VT