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Maud McLure Kelly

1887 - 1973

Maud McLure Kelly was Alabama’s first female lawyer and a suffrage activist. Admitted to the bar in 1908, she quickly became a successful Birmingham attorney. She worked with the Birmingham Equal Suffrage Association to campaign for women’s suffrage in the state and served on its executive council.  Kelly worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior for several years before returning to her practice in Birmingham. After retiring from the law in 1931, Kelly joined the staff of the Alabama Department of Archives and History where she worked on acquisitions and edited the Alabama Historical Quarterly.  

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