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Ada Harriet Miser Kepley


American lawyer and social reformer. Married Henry B. Kepley, a law practitioner, in 1867, and studied law at first under his direction, and then at the Union College of Law, Chicago, in 1869. In 1870, she was the first woman to graduate from a law school in the United States. Campaigned for female suffrage, equal rights for women, and temperance. Ran for state attorney general of Illinois in 1881. Edited a temperance newspaper, the Friends of Home, 1885–96, and became a Unitarian minister in 1892.