1874 – Alice Craig Edgerton Born

On this date Alice Craig Edgerton was born in Caldwell, Wisconsin. She attended Carroll College where she received a B.A. in 1893. Craig married Charles Edgerton in 1896 and moved to Chicago. After her husband’s death, she worked as a secretary to a judge who encouraged her to attend law school. One of three women in her 1910 graduating class at Chicago Kent College of Law, Edgerton received an LL.M. degree in 1911.. In 1923, Alice returned to Mukwonago where she opened a law office from which she practiced law until her death in 1946. She was the first female member the Waukesha County Bar Association in 1926. Edgerton was author of several books, including and . Edgerton was the recipient of an award from the Wisconsin Federation of Women’s Clubs for professional achievement and public service in 1941. Additionally, Alice Craig Edgerton founded both Kappa Beta Pi, the first international legal sorority organized, and the Woman’s Bar Association of Illinois. [Source: ]