University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kate Hamilton Pier: 1st Judicial Appointment

Kate Hamilton Pier

Kate Hamilton Pier, Kate McIntosh’s mother, was the first woman in the U.S. appointed to serve in a judicial capacity, as commissioner of Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Pier’s daughters Kate, Caroline and Harriet also attended UW Law School. Mother Kate and her three daughters were four of only six women who received their degrees between 1887 and 1891. Kate Hamilton Pier was also the first woman to cast a vote in Fond du Lac County, according to the Merrill Herald. Read her 1925 obituary at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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