The Annotated Bobblehead Belva Lockwood

She Sat in the Presidential Chair, Evening Star (DC), Oct. 18, 1884, at 5:
New York, October 18.– Mrs. Belva Lockwood arrived in this city this morning, and is stopping t the Fifth Avenue Hotel. Almost immediately after entering the hotel she went out again and visited a photographers. The operator was about to seat her in [a] small chair when she espied he large chair in which Messrs. Blaine and Cleveland sat while having their photographs taken.
"Why don't you place me in that chair?" she asked.
"That is the presidential chair," replied the operator.
"Well, sir, I will sit in that chair," said Mrs. Lockwood. "I think I am able to fill it as well as any ho have occupied it." And she did.
U.S. v. Cherokee Nation, 202 U.S. 101, 101 & 120 (1906)("Argued January 16, 17, 18, 1906. . . . Mrs. Belva A. Lockwood for the Eastern and Emigrant Cherokees.").
An act to relieve certain legal disabilities of women, 20 Stat. 292 (Feb. 15, 1879):
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Supreme Court. States of America in Congress assembled, That any woman who shall have been a member of the bar of the highest court of any State or Territory or of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia for the space of three years, and shall have maintained a good standing before such court, and who shall be a person of good moral character, shall, on motion, and the production of such record, be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States..

Belva Lockwood

Born a farmer's daughter in Royalton, New York, Belva Lockwood was widowed at twenty two years old, turned against societal expectations, and led an extraordinary life with self-assured, tenacious hard work and ability. Lockwood attended Genesee College and became a teacher in New York before marrying her second husband. She moved with him to Washington D.C. where she attended National University Law School, securing her degree from President Grant in 1873. She began to build her practice, taking on cases and clients with increasingly serious charges. In 1876 she applied to, and was refused entry into the Supreme Court Bar. Undeterred she began to lobby Congress, eventually securing the passage of An Act to Relieve Certain Legal Disabilities of Women in 1879. Belva Lockwood became the first woman to argue before the Supreme Court in 1880, in Kaiser v. Stickney, and later went on to secure $5 million for the Cherokee people in 1906 when she argued United States v. Cherokee Nation. She ran for President of the United States in 1884 and 1888, while also working for equal rights, women's suffrage, and international peace organizations. The Green Bag has fittingly honored Belva Lockwood with the first bobblehead that does not depict a Supreme Court Justice.

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