Biography of Florence E. Allen
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FLORENCE ELLINWOOD ALLEN was the first woman lawyer in the United States to be elected judge in a court of general jurisdiction. She is now judge of the State Supreme Court, the court of last resort in Ohio.

Judge Allen is a graduate of Western Reserve University. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 23, 1884, daughter of Clarence Emir and Corinne Marie (Tuckerman) Allen. Her early life was spent in Utah, and she was a student at Salt Lake College in 1897-99. in 1904 she won her Bachelor of Arts degree at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and then pursued her law studies. Western Reserve gave her the Master of Arts degree in 1908. Judge Allen's early interests were in the field of music, and from 1904 to 1906 she acted as assistant Berlin correspondent of the New York Musical Courier and was music editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1906 to 1909. In 1910-13 she was lecturer on music connected with the Board of Education of New York City. In the meantime, from 1909 to 1910, she was a student in the law department of the University of Chicago, and in 1913 graduated with Bachelor of Laws from New York University.

She began the practice of law at Cleveland in 1914. Six years later, in 1920, she was nominated and was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County. Her term began January, 1921, and ran for six years. In 1922 she was elected to the Supreme Court, court of last resort in Ohio. Her term in this court is also for six years. Judge Allen has been interested in a number of civic and social organizations. She is a Phi Beta Kappa and also a member of the Social Sorority of Sigma Psi, and of the legal sorority Kappa Beta Pi. She served as assistant secretary of the National College of the Equal Suffrage League in 1911-13, and from 1913 to 1915 was a member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association. She is a democrat, a member of the Congregational Church, the Woman's City and Business Woman's Club. In the midst of the literary duties that have absorbed her for many years she wrote one book, Patris, published in 1908.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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