Madeline Cecelia Wood
Fifteenth woman admitted to Vermont Bar; First female Probate Judge in Addison County; Fourth female Probate Judge in Vermont.
Madeline Wood was born in Proctor, Vermont. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Middlebury. In 1918, Wood graduated from Middlebury High School as salutatorian of her class.
After graduation, Wood started working for Judge Allen R. Sturtevant and Judge Charles I. Button. In 1919, she became the Registrar of the Addison County Probate Court. She read the law with Judge Button and, in 1934, Madeline Wood became the fifteenth woman admitted to the Vermont Bar.
In 1938, Wood became the first female Probate Judge of the District of Addison and the fourth female Probate Judge in Vermont.
One of her most famous cases was Button's Estate v. Anderson, 112 Vt. 531 (1942). The Vermont Supreme Court held that the state's Governor could contract with private attorneys to prosecute a claim against the United States on a contingency fee basis.
Organizations or Movements
- Vermont Bar Association
- High School