KELLY, MAUD McLURE, 1887-1973


Attorney. Born– June 26, 1887, Mountain Spring, Ala. Parents– Richard Bussey and Leona (Bledsoe) Kelly. Education– Noble Institute, Anniston, graduated 1904; worked as a stenographer in her father’s law practice; University of Alabama School of Law, graduated 1908. Admitted to the bar. 1908; became the first woman to practice law in Alabama; admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Alabama, 1909; admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1914, the first Southern woman so admitted. Practiced law, Birmingham, 1908-1918 and 1924-1931; legal staff of the U.S. Interior Dept., 1918-1924. Retired from the practice of law in 1931;  inspector of county records and acquisitions agent for Alabama Department of Archives and History, 1943-56. Active in the Democratic Party, and spoke at rallies and in campaigns; appointed, 1930, to organize the women Democrats of Alabama; represented Alabama as official hostess at the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Member; Alabama Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy; Daughters of the American Revolution; Alabama Society of the United States Daughters of 1812; Alabama Equal Suffrage Association; American Legion Auxiliary; and other cultural, patriotic and historical organizations. Named to Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1990, and Alabama Lawyers’ Hall of Fame, 2014. Died April 2, 1973.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama, Vol. V. Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame website.


Descent from Richard Pace of Pace’s Pains and Samuel Macock. S.l.; s.n. (typescript), 1947.


Lineage Book of the Alabama Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Birmingham, Ala.; Works Progress Administration, 1937.


The papers of Maud McLure Kelly are held by the library at Samford University.