First Notary in San Jose, CA
Annie Tyler, Notary Public is proud to be a successor to a San Jose, California pioneer, Clara Foltz, who was the first woman notary public and the first woman attorney in California, among her many accomplishments during her long career
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Clara Shortridge Foltz was the first female licensed Notary Public in California.
Clara Foltz's was also-
- the first woman lawyer in California:
- the first female clerk for the State Assembly's Judiciary Committee (1880);
- the first woman appointed to the State Board of Corrections;
- the first woman named director of a major bank; and,
- in 1930, the first woman to run for governor of California, at the age of 81.
In December 1864, at age fifteen, she eloped with a farmer named Jeremiah D. Foltz, and they began having children. Jeremiah had difficulty supporting his family.
The Foltzes moved several times, first to Portland, Oregon and finally to San Jose, CA in 1872. During these times, she contributed articles to the New Northwest and the San Jose Mercury.
First San Jose Woman Notary Studies the Law Despite Ban
Around 1876, her husband deserted her and their five children. She began studying law in the office of a local judge, and supported herself by lecturing. She wanted to take the bar examination, but California law at the time allowed only white males to become members of the bar.
Foltz authored a state bill which replaced "white male" with "person," and in September 1878 she passed the examination and was the first woman admitted to the California bar.
First San Jose Woman Notary "Argues” Her Way into Law School
Having had little formal education, Clara wished to improve her skills by studying at the first law school in California, Hastings College of the Law. After being denied admission to Hastings because of her gender, she sued, argued her own case, and won admission.
She later also became licensed to practice law in New York.
Leader in the Voting Rights Movement
Foltz became a leader in the woman’s voting rights movement. During a career that spanned 56 years, Clara almost single-handedly pushed a great deal of progressive legislation for women’s rights in the voting and legal fields. She spoke for the Republicans during the campaigns of 1880, 1882, and 1884.
In 1886 she became a Democrat, and in the winter of that year lectured in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa.
Introduced "The Public Defender"
At the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, during a congress of the Board of Lady Managers, Foltz introduced her idea of the public defender, with a speech entitled "Rights of Persons Accused of Crime — Abuses Now Existing." Foltz's then-radical concept of providing assistance to indigent criminal defendants is used today throughout the United States. She also created a model for the California Parole System.
Raised Her Children as a Single Mother
Foltz also raised five children, mostly as a single mother, and encouraged women not to overlook their traditional domestic roles.
Foltz founded and published the San Diego Daily Bee, and New American Woman Magazine, for which she wrote a monthly column until her death.
Battle Long and Hard-Fought, but Worthwhile
Looking back on her accomplished life, Foltz wrote,
"Everything in retrospect seems weird, phantasmal, and unreal. I peer back across the misty years into that era of prejudice and limitation, when a woman lawyer was a joke ... but the story of my triumphs will eventually disclose that though the battle has been long and hard-fought it was worthwhile."
Annie Tyler, Notary Public
Mobile Notary Service throughout San Jose CA including the Santa Teresa area, Silver Creek, Evergreen Valley, the Basking Ridge neighborhood, the Almaden Valley and Blossom Valley.