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Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood, American lawyer. member association created for heads of international societies, Brussels, 1913.


Lockwood, Belva Ann Bennett was born on October 24, 1830 in Royalton, New York, United States. Daughter of Lewis Johnson and Hannah (Green) Bennett.


Graduate Genessee College, Lima, New York, 1857. (honorary Master of Arts, Syracuse University, 1871, Doctor of Laws, 1908).


Ezekiel Lockwood, 1868 (died 1877). Taught school, 1857-1868. Worked for and secured passage by Congress of bill giving women employes of the government equal pay for equal work.

B.L., National U., 1873. Admitted to District of Columbia Bar. Secured passage of a bill admitting women to Supreme Court of the United States, 1879.

Was admitted under it, February 1879. Also to the United States Court of Claims. Has been engaged in many important law cases, several before Supreme Court of the United States.

One of attys. who secured a judgment of $5,000,000 versus the United States for Eastern Cherokees in Court of Claims and Supreme Court, 1906. Prominent in temperance, peace and woman suffrage movements. Nominated, 1884 and 1888, by Equal Rights Party for President of the United States.

Commissioned by State Department to represent United States at Congress of Charities and Corrections, Geneva, Switzerland, 1896. One of committee appointed by Federation of Women’s Clubs which secured law giving equal property rights for women and equal guardianship of their children in District of Columbia Elected January 18, 1901, president Woman’s National Press Association. President District of Columbia Woman Suffrage Association.

Secretary American branch International Peace Bureau. Prepared amendment to statehood bill before Congress, granting suffrage to women in Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico Is one of nominating committee for Nobel Peace Prize. Delaware International Peace Congress, Milan, Italy, 1906, London, 1908, Rome, 1911.

Elected attorney general Woman’s Republic, St. Louis, 1912. Presented with oil portrait of herself by women of District of Columbia, February 1913 (portrait now in Art Gallery of National Museum). Dean of 20 ambassadors to Women’s Convention, Budapest, Hungary, 1913.

Elected member society established in Rome for “creation of a world conscience,” 1913. Honorary member association created for heads of international societies, Brussels, 1913. Elected member of commission International Peace Bureau, Berne.


Member association created for heads of international societies, Brussels, 1913.


Married Uriah H. McNall, 1848 (died 1853). Married second, Doctor.

Lewis Johnson Bennett

Hannah (Green) Bennett

Uriah H. McNall