Ellen M. W. Hoar

Hoar, Ellen

Time Period

1910-1940

Notable Facts

Second woman admitted to Vermont Bar Association. Vermont vice-president of the Women Lawyers Association of the United States and Canada. Third woman to receive a law degree at the University of Maine Law School. Active in the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

11/28/1887

Date of Death

09/07/1963

Primary Residence

Barre

Religion

Congregationalist

Historical Significance

Ellen Hoar was born in Barre, VT on November 28, 1887. She graduated from Spaulding High School in 1909. While at Spaulding, she led the women's basketball team to a championship victory. Along with being an athlete, Hoar was also an accomplished musician and performed amateur theater.

Richard Hoar, her father, was an attorney in Barre. Hoar studied law in her father's office and then went on to the University of Maine where she received her LL.B degree in 1915. She was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1914, before she graduated. Ellen Hoar was the third woman to receive a law degree from the University of Maine.

While at law school, Ellen Hoar began her involvement in the women's suffrage movement. Hoar developed a friendship with a very notable women's suffrage leader, Carrie Chapman Catt. Catt played a leading role in the National American Woman Suffrage Association's campaign to win voting rights for women. Hoar helped her by passing out leaflets in the halls of the Maine legislature, promoting women's rights. Hoar's thesis for her degree of bachelor of law was titled, "The Securing to Women her Rights as an Individual and as a Citizen."

Hoar practiced law at her father's office. In 1923, she worked with her father on the infamous Parker-Long case. Long, who strangled and killed a woman, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Hoar practiced law for ten years after her admission to the bar. She was also active in the community and a member of the Barre Congregational Church. She passed away, while still living in Barre, in 1963.

Organizations or Movements

  • Women's Lawyer Association of the United States and Canada
  • National Women's Party
  • Women's Suffrage Movement

Occupations

  • Attorney
  • Vice President of the Women Lawyer's Association of the United States and Canada

Education

  • LL.B- University of Maine Law School, Portland, ME (1915)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • First Women Lawyers of Each State Link
  • Times Argus article Link
  • Article on her admission to the bar Link
  • "Celebrating Vermont's First 100 Women Lawyers 1902-1978" Link
  • Speech by Vermont Secretary of the State, Deborah L. Markowitz Link
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Link