First Woman Sheriffs

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in the United States of America

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First Woman Sheriffs in America:

   

First Known: Emma Susan (Daugherty) Banister - Coleman Co., TX - 1918-19?? -

Also claimed as first:  Mary Lois Roach - Graves Co. KY - Also - 1922-1927 -
   
Diane L. Griffith has written her biography in "America's First Woman Sheriff."

Also claimed as first:  Mabel Chase - Kiowa Co., KS - 1926-19??


   
   

First Woman Sheriffs in Each State:

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ALABAMA - Unknown at present

ALASKA - Unknown at present

ARIZONA - Jewel Jordan - Maricopa Co. - Also - 1944-1944 -

ARKANSAS - Minnie B.. (Humphrey) Clark - And was First Elected! - Grant Co. - 1937 - ????

CALIFORNIA - Unknown at present

       First Elected in CA:  Laurie Smith - Santa Clara Co. - 1998-present -

       Also claimed - Virginia Vaughn Black - Yuba Co. - Also -1999-200? -

COLORADO - Mrs. Mae Justicee - Washington Co. - July 8, 1930 - Jan. 1931 

CONNECTICUT - Unknown at present

DELAWARE - Unknown at present

FLORIDA - Eugenia Hollingssworth Simmons - Okeechobee Co. - 1938-1938

GEORGIA  - Lula (Duggan) CCamp - Campbell Co. - 1931(?)-19??

        First Elected in GA - Lucille Redding - Douglas Co. - 1963-1964 -

        Also named First Elected, but appears to be Appointed - Josie Mae Rogers - Evans Co. - 1940-19??

HAWAII - Unknown at present

IDAHO - Unknown at present

ILLINOIS - Helena Dolder - DeKalb Co. - 1928-1932 - "The Lace Curtain Jail"

       Also claimed - Myra (Persinger) Westray - Dewitt Co. - 1976-19??

INDIANA - Unknown at present

IOWA - Unknown at present

KANSAS - Mabel Chase - Kiowa Co. - 1926-19??
       Also claimed as America's First.

KENTUCKY - Mary Lois Roachh - Graves Co. - Also - 1922-1927 -
      
Also claimed as America's First.
      
Diane L. Griffith has written her biography in America's First Woman Sheriff

LOUISIANA - Beth Oakley Lundy- First Elected - Calcasieu Parish - Also - 2000-2003 -

       First Deputy Sheriff in Louisiana & in America - Lula V. Coleman< - Catahoula Parish - 1920-19??

MAINE - Unknown at present

MARYLAND - Unknown at present

MASSACHUSETTS - Andrea Cabral - Suffolk Co. - 2002-20?? -

MICHIGAN - Unknown at present

MINNESOTA - Ann Fitzgerald< - Wabasha Co. (PDF) - 1925-1926

       First Elected - Terese Amazi - Mower Co. - 2002-20?? -

MISSISSIPPI - Unknown at present

MISSOURI - Sarah E. (Tucker) Jones - Christian Co. - 1933-1933 -

MONTANA - Ruth (Lane) Garfield - Golden Valley Co. - 1920-1922 -

NEBRASKA - Unknown at present

NEVADA - Clara Dunham Crrowell - Lander Co. - 1919-19??

NEW HAMPSHIRE - Unknown at present

NEW JERSEY - Ruth Carpenter - Hunterdon Co. - 1997-19??

NEW MEXICO - Unknown at present

NEW YORK - Clara Senecal - ??? Co. - 1926-19??

NORTH CAROLINA - Barbara A. Pickens - Lincoln Co. - 1994-19?? -

NORTH DAKOTA - Unknown at present

OHIO - Maude (Charles)) Collins - Vinton Co. - Also - 1925-1927/8? (Elected to 2nd term) -

OKLAHOMA - Unknown at present

OREGON - Unknown at present

PENNSYLVANIA - Mary (Mitten) Morrow - Bradford Co. - 1925-1927 -

RHODE ISLAND - Unknown at present

SOUTH CAROLINA - Unknown at present

SOUTH DAKOTA - Unknown at present

TENNESSEE - Mary Belle (Prewitt) Casselberry - Haardeman Co. - 1924-19??

       Also claimed - "Lillie" (Matilda/Tilda Cox) Ladd/Mauser - Roane Co. - 1927

TEXAS - Emma Susan (Dauugherty) Banister - Coleman Co. - 1918-19?? -
                       She is also AMERICA's First Woman Sheriff!

       Also claimed - Fannie Pipes - Gray Co. - 1934-1935 -

       Also claimed - Lela (Thornton) Speer - Walker Co. - 19??-19??

UTAH - Unknown at present

       First Elected Deputy Sheriff in UT & USA - Jewell Stewart Allen - Cache Co. - 1930-19?? -

VERMONT- Connie Allen - Grand Isle Co. - 2002- 200? -

VIRGINIA - Beth Arthur - Arlington Co. - 2000-2002 

WASHINGTON - (may be) - Kate Melville - Pierce Co. - ????

WEST VIRGINIA - Carrie Lee Stridder - Jefferson Co. - 1948-????

       First Elected  - Esta E. Dodrill - Webster Co. - 1960-1964 -

       Also claimed - First Elected - Virginia Chambers - Mingo Co. - 1961-1964 

WISCONSIN - Emma Lutien - Kewaunee County (1925-19??)

WYOMING - Unknown at present


   
   

Other First Sheriffs

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   ~  The Unofficial "Sheriff" - Mrs. James Latty - Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA - 1870

First [Appointed?] Deputy Sheriff - Lula V. Coleman - Catahoula Parish, LA - 1920-19??

First Elected Deputy Sheriff - Jewell Stewart Allen - Cache Co., UT - 1930-19?? -

First "Hangwoman" - Florence Thompson - Davies Co., KY - 1936
The first woman sheriff of Davies County, became famous as the first woman in American history to kill a man under a court order.  For more details, read The Last Public Execution in America, by Perry T. Ryan.  The entire book is on the Web.

First Elected Afro-American Sheriff - Jacquelyn H. Barrett - Fulton Co., GA - Also - 1992-present -  


   
   

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