December 5, 1913: Phoebe Couzins was the first woman attorney in Missouri’s history. She was the first woman US Marshall in American history. She was best known for her powerful speeches for women’s suffrage and for prohibition. In 1887 she switched positions and began to work against the vote for women and against the prohibition movement. She died abject poverty on this date in 1913.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.