Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22: Annette Abbott Adams

On this date in History ... May 22, 1920:

Annette Abbott Adams becomes the first woman appointed to the position of Ass’t United States Attorney General. 

She had previously served at the first female United States Attorney, in a temporary position to replace Mr. Preston who had been promoted to U.S. Attorney General.

She served as Ass’t Attorney Gen’l until 1921, resigning when Pres. Hoover took office. In 1942, she became the first woman to serve on the Calif Court of Appeals (and as a presiding justice).

In 1950, she was given a special temporary appointment to the Calif Supreme Court, becoming the 1st woman to serve on that court.


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