Beatrice Y. Brown

Brattleboro, VT
Brattleboro, VT

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Notable Facts

Sixth woman admitted to Vermont Bar Association. First southern Vermont woman admitted to practice law. First woman in Windham County elected to grand juror. First woman in Vermont elected as Justice of the Peace.

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Historical Significance

Beatrice Brown graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1915. After high school, Brown studied law under Judge A. F. Schwenk. She served as register of the Probate Court from 1916 to 1948. In 1922, Brown became the sixth woman admitted to the Vermont Bar Association. She was the first woman in southern Vermont admitted to practice law. After serving as register of the probate court, Brown was elected as Judge of the Marlboro Probate District and held that position until she retired in 1964. Along with being the first woman admitted to the bar in Southern Vermont, she was also the first woman elected to grand juror in Windham County and the first woman in Vermont to be elected justice of the peace.


  • Lawyer
  • register of Probate Court
  • Judge of the Marlboro Probate District


  • High School Degree

Additional Information (Bibliography)

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